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An Internet ID per American citizen?

Alaska Dispatch

The U.S. government has come up with a plan to make the Net a safer place to conduct business. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the cyberspace security initiative Friday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. According to Locke and the Obama administration, the new security ID will purportedly do away with the need for "dozens of passwords based on pets and maiden names." Here's a story on the new national Internet IDs from FOX News:

The "identity ecosystem" will create secure online IDs for Americans who elect to join the program, giving them a single credential -- such as a unique piece of software on a smart phone, a smart card, or a token that generates a one-time digital password -- which they can use to log on to a variety of websites.

Instead of having to remember all those disparate passwords, one for each site that conducts a secure transaction, a consumer would use that single credential to log in, with far more security than a password alone would provide, the agency said. 

That log in could be anything: a smart card, a cell phone, a keychain fob, or some other type of gizmo.

FOX quotes an executive with the Center for Democracy and Technology as calling the ID system a good idea in theory that should address many current online security threats. Read more here.