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Beyond passwords: Companies use fingerprints and digital behavior to ID employees

CNN - More companies are ditching passwords and using fingerprints and other biometrics to stop hackers.

"We're seeing a very rapid evolution from what used to be passwords, then smart cards, and now to biometrics," said Alex Simons, director of program management in Microsoft's identity division.

Biometric authentication uses face, fingerprint or iris scans to quickly confirm a person's identity. You probably already use itap by touching the home button to unlock your phone.

In the workplace, employees are increasingly using biometrics to log in to phones and computers, and to access data stored on those devices and in the cloud.

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