Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. This is because people are often lulled into a false sense of security when they use fingerprint login.
While the data from a fingerprint is very hard to retrieve, cybercriminals can get around biometric technology in various ways. And having a weak passcode is like giving them a hall pass.
You can't change your fingerprint if it's stolen like you'd change your password.
Jeremy Lee, a sawmill worker in Imbil, Queensland, refused to have his fingerprints scanned for a new security system introduced by his employer to replace swipe cards.
Biometric data is forever. Any employer seeking to collect it has big obligations to meet. And employees have the right to object.
Biometrics like retinal scans is a new frontier in the privacy wars.
States like California have been at the forefront of privacy innovation in recent decades. A possible federal law could bring their experimentation to a halt, harming consumers.
Biometric systems are increasingly used in our civil, commercial and national defence applications.
Current techniques to protect biometric details, such as face recognition or fingerprints, from hacking are effective, but advances in AI are rendering these protections obsolete.
A test subject entering a brain password.
Wenyao Xu, et al.
Biometrics are more secure than passwords – but when they're compromised fingerprints and retina scans are hard to reset. Brain responses to specific stimuli are as secure and, crucially, resettable.
Students tested on their ability to tell whether two images were of the same person were wrong 30% of the time.
Same person or different person? Most people are extremely good at recognising faces of people they know well, but not so much strangers. See how well you perform on the tests in this story.
Research is increasingly proving fingerprints can be used for much more than identifying people.
A federal court in San Francisco has ruled a class action brought by Facebook users in Illinois can go ahead.
In a major blow to Facebook, a judge has ruled that a class action can proceed. If similar actions are brought around the world, Facebook could face billions of dollars in damages.
Zapp Photo shutterstock.
The government's plans to store our biometric data are currently going through parliament. The data could reveal more than we'd like to those who seek to access the information.
Facial recognition software isn't ready for face-in-a-crowd applications. Specialist police officers are far superior at spotting criminals.
Let your self-control gain momentum like a snowball rolling downhill.
Could your resolution resilience use a little science to back it up? A new study suggests practice can help your self-control – but don't push it too far.
Many more faces to be added to a national database, but will it make us any safer?
The COAG agreement to share our biometric data - including some photo ID - is an erosion of our privacy and will give people a false sense of comfort.
If Facebook already knows how you feel from reading what you post, soon it will know from reading the expressions on your face.
An artist’s depiction of the ‘shibboleth incident.’
Detail from art by H. de Blois, from The Bible and Its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons, vol. 3, edited by Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer, 1908
Going as far back as the Bible, and as widely known as the phrase 'Open, Sesame,' passwords are a textual link to our past. But they may not be around much longer.
Mapping a face is the starting point.
Computers are getting better at identifying people's faces, and while that can be helpful as well as worrisome. To properly understand the legal and privacy ramifications, we need to know how facial recognition technology works.
Researchers are looking for ways to improve our ability to recognise and match faces.
Kenya’s electronic polling system could be jeopardised by a manual backup.
In a political environment where voters are increasingly attuned to instances of polling malpractice, African states are grudgingly adopting technology as a barrier to election fraud.
Think to log in, please.
It may sound like science fiction, but research shows that all you really need to develop brain biometrics is a set of earphones.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has suggested a national identity card.
One Nation's proposed national identity card is unviable and likely unconstitutional, so should not be entertained.