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Reasons for the adoption of smart cards and biometric authentication mechanisms have been discussed in the past, yet many organisations are still resorting to traditional methods of authentication. Passwords possess several encumbrances not the least of which includes the difficulty some users have in remembering them. Often users inadvertently write difficult passwords down near the workstation, which negates any security password authentication, may provide and opens the floodgates to identity theft. In the current mainstream authentication paradigm, system administrators must ensure all users are educated on the need for a password policy, and implement it strictly. This paper discusses a conceptual framework for an alternative authentication paradigm. The framework attempts to reduce complexity for the user as well as increase security at the network and application levels.