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7 de febrer del 2007
IBM dóna una nova eina de privacitat com a programari lliure
El gegant informàtic, IBM, ha desenvolupat un programari dissenyat per tal d'ajudar a la gent a conservar la privacitat de la seva informació personal mentre fa transaccions en-línia, i l’ha donat al projecte de programari lliure anomenat Higgins.
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La iniciativa, recolzada per IBM i Novell, va sorgir l'any passat com a resposta a l'anunciada tecnologia de gestió de la identitat, InfoCard, de Microsoft.

The software, called "Identity Mixer," was developed by IBM researchers. The idea is that people provide encrypted digital credentials issued by trusted parties like a bank or government agency when transacting online, instead of sharing credit card or other details in plain text (..)

(..) "With Identity Mixer you create a pseudonym that you hand over."

For example, when making a purchase online, buyers would provide an encrypted credential issued by their credit card company instead of actual credit card details. The online store can't access the credential, but passes it on to the credit card issuer, which can verify it and make sure the retailer gets paid.

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The encrypted credentials would be for one-time use only. The next purchase or other transaction will require a new credential. The process is similar to the one-time-use credit card numbers that Citigroup card holders can already generate on the bank's Web site.


IBM espera que iniciatives com aquesta, puguin retornar la confiança a la xarxa.
(..) Several surveys in past years have shown that the seemingly incessant stream of data breaches and threats such as phishing scams are eroding consumer confidence in online shopping and activities such as banking on the Web.


El projecte Higgins
To get Identity Mixer out of the lab and into the real world, IBM is donating its work to Higgins project, a broad, open-source effort backed by IBM and Novell that promises to give people more control of their personal data when doing business online. Higgins also aims to make the multiple authentication systems on the Net work together, making it easier for people to manage Internet logins and passwords.

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Higgins is still under development. A first version of the projects work is slated to be done sometime midyear (..)


09/02/07
En la Conferència Professional RSA 2007, el fundador de Microsoft aposta per facilitar i reforçar alhora dels sistemes de seguretat, i pel canvi de les claus d'accés pels certificats digitals: Bill Gates apuesta por un nuevo sistema de seguridad informática.

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