BioPassword, the Issaquah maker of identity-verification technology, is changing its name to AdmitOne Security and announcing a new product...

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BioPassword, the Issaquah maker of identity-verification technology, is changing its name to AdmitOne Security and announcing a new product today.

The AdmitOne Authentication Suite combines the company’s technology for tracking typing rhythm to help verify identity with passwords, challenge questions and device signatures. If initial verification checks result in low confidence of a user’s identity, the suite can be configured to send additional tests such as one-time passwords via e-mail or instant messaging.

The company sells its products for Web-based identity verification to financial institutions and other enterprises.

Accenture

Survey finds lax attitude on security

Using the same password for multiple Web pages is the Internet-era equivalent of having the same key for your home, car and bank safe-deposit box.

Even though a universal password is like gold for cyber crooks because they can use it to steal all of a person’s sensitive data at once, nearly half the Internet users queried in a new survey said they use just one password for all their online accounts.

At the same time, 88 percent of the 800 people interviewed in the U.S. and the U.K. for the survey by the Accenture consultancy, which is to be released Thursday, said personal irresponsibility is the key cause of identity theft and fraud.

Researchers say the findings suggest that many users underestimate the threat from cybercriminals who make money from selling stolen identities.

Many users repeat passwords so they don’t forget them, which shows in another finding that 70 percent of survey respondents in the U.K. said they don’t write down their passwords, versus 49 percent in the U.S.

Only 7 percent of the respondents said they change their passwords often, use password-management software or use a fingerprint reader to access their machines and accounts.

The survey looked at people who used a computer at home, have high-speed Internet access and go online at least twice a week for something other than checking e-mail.

Microsoft

China to be a focus in Novell alliance

Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. have teamed up in China, Asia’s second-largest economy after Japan, to get customers to pay for more of their software.

The companies will combine marketing and training resources to move customers from a free version of the Linux operating system to paid versions of the software, according to a statement Sunday. The products will be able to run Novell and Microsoft software simultaneously.

The companies are tapping demand for more sophisticated business software in China, said Susan Heystee, a vice president at Waltham, Mass.-based Novell. Paid versions of Linux will include more security features and patches that fix software problems.

Compiled from Seattle Times business staff, The Associated Press and Bloomberg