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People have been using different authentication methods to gain access to different systems, including online ones, for decades. However, thanks to a new technology there will be no need to use keycards or your body parts, let alone memorize passwords to gain access to your devices, or to online accounts.
Last year, antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab announced that some 323,000 new samples of malware are discovered each day. The Internet is becoming a jungle, and even with proper protection measures being taken, it’s very hard for the average user to stay safe online.
In the early days of the computer era, most hacking was done by curious students who used "playful cleverness" to manipulate electronics. Later, the term "hacker" took on a negative connotation. But besides criminals and rogue actors, the modern hacking scene is also populated with hackers who work for the government.
The term “hacker” was coined by members of a small tight-knit student community at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But the word’s meaning has changed drastically since it first appeared in the 1960s.