1. Selfie shock: How mobile cameras pose a threat to your cell phone security

Selfie shock: How mobile cameras pose a threat to your cell phone security

As mobile camera technology gets better, biometrics may not be the best way to secure data

By: | Updated: January 13, 2017 6:52 AM
As smartphone camera technology gets slicker by the day, biometrics may not be the best way to secure information. (Reuters) As smartphone camera technology gets slicker by the day, biometrics may not be the best way to secure information. (Reuters)

Over the years, biometrics—fingerprints, iris scan—has emerged as the key to secure personal information. Since your fingerprint stays with you forever, it is considered better than a password that could be hacked and needs to be changed regularly. But, as smartphone camera technology gets slicker by the day, biometrics may not be the best way to secure information. Japan’s National Institute of Informatics has cautioned that selfies posted online where the “peace sign” is flashed could just be enough to replicate the fingerprint that is used to unlock your mobile phone, that treasure trove of everything related to you. It’s not just close-ups, but even images taken at a distance of three metres that could be used. The technology required to replicate fingerprints is some two years from development, but since images on the web last forever, it is better to be forewarned.

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One way out is to turn your hand around so that the fingerprints are not visible to the camera or wear gloves. While that is still possible, a tight facial image could well be used to replicate the iris which is used in many places to provide access. One way out is to wear dark glasses each time a photo is taken, or simply avoid taking pictures. But, that would hurt the growth of social media and mobility.

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    LindaZPeters
    Nov 14, 2017 at 4:44 am
    The technology required to replicate fingerprints is some two years from development, but since images on the web last forever, it is better to be forewarned. : onedaytop /razer-debuts-cutting-edge-mobile-gaming-phone/
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      LindaZPeters
      Jul 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm
      The technology required to replicate fingerprints is some two years from development, but since images on the web last forever, it is better to be forewarned. By using this technology, we can use cellphone security to protect everyone. But, that would hurt the growth of social media and mobility. So, Look at that. This is great articles……. If you want to know more, then visit my link: : onedaytop /technology/
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      1. Shivaraju Biyer
        Jan 13, 2017 at 5:02 am
        Every electronic activities is having its pros and cons which affects the users, and some times it's more effective to social life also, as the trend changes we should also know what's going around now a days selfie fever is more in social media, as per this above statement people should be careful while using selfie.
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