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Local company helps protect consumers

Victor, N.Y. After the Target breach that resulted in the theft of 40 million credit and debit card records, companies are looking for more than just passwords for protection, and are turning to places like Brite Computers in Victor, N.Y. for help.

[Theyre] looking how to protect individual data and not just protect the systems, said Trevor Smith, Executive Vice President of Brite Computers.

That's where devices like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader, one time password, and identification card come into play.

You press the button it gives you an access number it gives you 30 seconds, explained Mark Bonsignore, Subject Matter Expert for Brite Computers, when asked about the one time password device. If you don't access it in 30 seconds you have to push it again and it gives you another number.

Pairing a security device, like a RFI or one time password, with a password or pin keeps information more secure. Its known as two factor authentication and gives each user a unique identity.

With two factor authentication you have the option to constantly change that user name and password so we can uniquely identify that person, said Smith. "You use two factor authentication every time you go to the bank to withdraw money, you have your debt card and you have your pin so in a sense youre using it every single day."

What's used for identification is expanding. 

Now we're doing a lot with bio metrics, said Bonsignore, fingerprint readers and eventually, and experimenting with retinal readers - just because it's easier for the individual to use those than losing one of these types of things.

Security has become two fold for companies.

It used to be just about protecting anyone from getting in, now you have to protect people from getting in but also protect and make sure the data's not getting out, said Smith.

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Washington Times