Nowadays, we take selfies for every occasion. When we’re at concerts, selfie! At dinner with friends, selfie. Out jogging, selfie. We all do it. We even have selfie sticks now. I just might be taking a selfie as I write this!
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. But even if you hardly ever take snaps of yourself, you might still be at risk of identity theft. All it takes is a picture of your hands with your fingertips exposed and a fingerprint identification software.
Seriously guys. We have to start paying attention to the way we pose for pictures now that fingerprint sensor technology is among us. With biometric security measures on the rise, the dangers associated with this security mechanism are also increasing.
So what does all of this mean?
Well for one, the infamous peace sign pose that we all know and love and that’s been trending since forever ago can expose you to hackers.
In fact, in 2014, at the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, Jan Krissler spoke on how he replicated German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s fingerprint.
All he needed was a picture of her hands and a mobile phone app called VeriFinger.
The National Institute of Informatics professor, Isao Echizen, claims he’s successfully done this too. He spoke on how modern phone cameras are good enough to register and expose a detailed fingerprint. Echizen also points out that while we may be able to change our passwords on our phones and other devices, we cannot change our physical characteristics.
So what are we to do to stay protected?
Maybe we will be able to rely on a special transparent film that is being developed in Japan by the professor who warned us about this and his team. It’s basically a mask for your fingers, but it won’t be ready for another couple of years. In the meantime, if you must flash the peace sign, be sure to cover up those hands with gloves.
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