Monday, September 20, 2004
AOL Brings Security To Another Level
AOL has come out with "two-factor authentication" for its customers. As the AP reports, $1.95 a month (after an initial $9.95 outlay) will get AOL subscribers a tiny devices which displays a security code that changes every sixty seconds. To log on or do practically anything on AOL, customers who signed up for the service would have to enter the password, making it impossible for anyone to steal their password, and later, their money. AOL expects 5-15% of their subscribers, or 1.5-4.5 million people, to sign up for the service. Although they are probably just being optimistic, smaller numbers would still make this the most widespread advanced security for typical home users, which guarantees other ISPs will take notice.