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Electronics, the Bane of the New Economy

The "new economy," with its increasing computerization and higher bandwidth, has brought on a new set of ills. These include hacking and identity theft, which in turn are made possible by progressively easier electronic penetration of computer networks.

Something needs to be done to improve the "gatekeeping" to our systems.A proposal for fixing ATMs points the way. Users are now required to "swipe" (cards), rather than merely "type" information on a keyboard to operate the new machines. In other words, we must force our new systems to use mechanical, as well as electronic interfaces. That way, crooks could not tamper or steal, using only electronics. They would have to have the mechanical means, as well, which are much harder to come by.