A brief history of authentication
When someone else asks us for something (bank account info, entry to a country), how do we know who they are? How do we know they are not lying or pretending to be someone else? Authentication!
Authentication is the process of verifying who someone is. While authentication doesn’t matter when you are face to face, once forms of communication that work over distance (writing, telegraph, telephone, internet) emerge, authentication becomes critical.
This talk will cover the history of authentication from the emergence of signatures to the earliest government identity documents, from the first username and password to today’s biometric technologies.
Dan Moore is head of developer relations for FusionAuth, and currently helps educate developers about auth and OAuth. He's written, contributed to or edited 5 books. A former CTO, technical trainer, engineering manager and longtime developer, Dan has been writing software for (checks watch) over 20 years.