Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fingerprints Become Currency ???

Exciting news from the Land of the Rising Sun:

Over the course of the upcoming summer months, the Japanese government will begin testing a new authentication system that will allow foreign tourists entering the Pacific nation to verify their identities using only the user’s fingerprint.

Travelers will register their fingerprints and provide an array of personal data about themselves — including credit card information — at airports upon arrival on the islands.

Once signed up, participants will be allowed to make purchases and conduct tax-exempt transactions by simply pressing two fingers gently against a device, which will be installed at various retail outlets. The technology will also allow foreign tourists to avoid previously mandatory requirements that they produce a passport while checking into ryokans (inns) or hotels. Instead, travelers will only need to produce their fingers.

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There already is a system far superior to this:

Keeper, the world's most popular password manager and digital vault, has created Keeper DNA, a revolutionary identity verification system that replaces conventional two-factor authentication.

Keeper DNA uses a person's connected objects and IoT devices to create a unique "Keeper DNA Profile" for that user's identity. It can be thought of similar to DNA in the human body; a unique "strand" of molecules (in this case, unique devices and physical factors) that define and identify a person. With Keeper DNA, users no longer have to manually enter numeric two-factor codes on their devices to access Keeper.

Keeper DNA is launching this breakthrough solution on Apple Watch. Users simply register their Apple Watch as part of their Keeper DNA profile and with one touch, verify their identity for fast, secure access to their Keeper vault on all their iOS devices including iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® and Mac computers.

Keeper DNA Verification with the Apple Watch requires close proximity to the user which prevents remotely-located hackers from accessing the customer's Keeper vault.

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Is anything like this "hacker proof"? I doubt it. I greatly prefer old school forms of ID.

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