Biometrics and Privacy
I’ve written before on biometrics. If you’ve read those posts, you’ll know that I like biometrics in general. But earlier this year, a new wrinkle popped up in the field: people are accusing Facebook of capturing biometric information without users’ consent. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs say that Facebook is capturing “faceprints.” I don’t […]
The Next Big Thing in Biometric Authentication: Ephemeral Biometrics
A device like a FitBit may soon greatly improve user authentication. The key to this will be ephemeral biometrics. We talk about biometric authentication in some of Learning Tree’s cyber security courses, including the System and Network Security Introduction course and the CompTIA Security+ test-prep course. But how are ephemeral biometrics different? Biometrics Today Biometric authentication […]
Biometrics — Can You Afford to Lose a Finger?
Biometric authentication has been attracting a lot of attention recently. Every day you see people deftly swiping their thumbs over their phones to unlock them using fingerprint recognition. Iris scanning technology is being introduced to India’s national biometric ID system. It’s the largest such system in the world—with over a billion users—and is used to […]
The End of Fingerprint Authentication?
Some years ago the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) posted a video (actually two: one in English and one in German) showing how to capture fingerprints from objects and use the copies to spoof a fingerprint scanner. The method of capturing the prints was one often seen in TV crime dramas: use Cyanoacrylate glue to make […]
I Stink, You Stink, We All Stink
You stink! And so do I! I am a big proponent of biometrics. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you probably already know that. Today I’d like to look at two developments in biometric authentication. First, Gizmodo reported recently on what seems to be a new method of authentication: BO. […]