CompuServe gets passport

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CompuServe is offering its members Virtual Passport, a single password that members can use to access sites on the Internet that require registration or, in some cases, a subscription fee. CompuServe intends the passport to replace the multiple registrations and passwords users must get to access Web sites.

The passport has another use, however. Sites can verify who is visiting and make sure the person visiting is approved to have access, if the site requires registration. The technology, developed by CompuServe, is called Remote Passphrase Authentication, and CompuServe is proposing it as a standard for controlling access to Internet content while at the same time maintaining security of the user's password.

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