biometrics

Nigeria's Using A Biometric ID Card That Doubles As A Debit Card

Make all the “Dear Friend” email scam jokes that you want — Nigeria now has one of the most sophisticated government-issued ID systems in the world. A new nationwide card that rolls out this week collects biometric information to prevent fraud and includes a debit card feature backed by MasterCard.


St George And Westpac To Enable Biometric Banking

iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 owners who bank with Westpac or St George will shortly be able to access their accounts using their fingerprints.


This Facial Recognition Software Signals The End Of The Security Guard

Minority Report references are old hat in the tech world. In fact, it’s often a great way to describe technology that, as the cliche goes, “sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel,” yet is destined to remain a fiction. But this futuristic facial-recognition security system is the exception. It exists, and it’s scary good.


Australian Police To Start Using Android-Powered Fingerprint Scanners

South Australian police are planning to roll out new fingerprint scanners to officers on the beat. Powered by Android and gear from NEC, the biometric ID units will stop suspects making false ID claims when dealing with local cops.


Your Body Odour Could Help Make Airport Security A Breeze

Forget retina scans and fingerprints. Turns out, body odour is a shockingly accurate biometric identifier. According to new research from a team of Spanish scientists, it could change the way security checkpoints work.


Biometric Fingerprint Sensor For iPhone 'Leaked' In Latest iOS 7 Build

Somewhere in the bowels of iOS 7 Beta 4 is a folder labelled “BiometricKitUI”, which lends a bit of credence towards the rumours that the next iPhone might have a biometric sensor embedded in the Home button.


The Pentagon Is Putting Its Big Brother Data Collection In The Cloud

News emerged this week that the U.S. Army, which has been collecting biometric data of locals in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, is going to start storing that data in the cloud. Put simply, biometrics is the collection of personal, physical data using devices like retina scanners, and no matter what way you spin the situation, it’s a potentially pretty creepy practice.


UK Bank Phone Verification System Uses Your Voice As Your Password

The days of having to remember your childhood dog’s mother’s maiden name or what street your first high school mascot lived on could soon be a thing of the past. UK financial services firm Barclay Wealth has recently introduced a verification system that uses biometrics, rather than random facts, to confirm your are who you say you are.


Are Your Future Passwords Hidden In The Jiggling Of Your Eyeballs?

Eye scanners have always been one of the security devices people think of when they think “high tech” and “high security.” But they’re not perfect yet, some can be fooled with contacts or even pictures, but new pushes into detecting your personal eye jiggle could change that.


World's Smallest Fingerprint Reader Borders On Adorable

Following in the footsteps of USB flash drives that have shrunk to mere slivers of plastic, Eikon’s new Mini biometric fingerprint reader is barely noticeable as it hangs off your laptop. And the convenience of not having to remember passwords will cost you just $US10.


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