Items tagged with biometrics

Microsoft had plenty to say about Windows 10 during its Build Conference on Wednesday. One of them is that its latest OS is now installed on more than 270 million active devices, an adoption rate that outpaces Windows 7 in the same time frame by 145 percent. That's impressive, but 270 million installs is far from the end game—Microsoft is eyeing 1 billion installs within the next few years. The Redmond outfit will need to continually improve Windows 10 in order to get there, and come this summer, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will introduce several nifty features to keep those upgrades from... Read more...
Fingerprint scanning is quickly becoming a standard security feature on high-end smartphones. The perceived notion is that this type of biometric safeguard provides a superior means of security due to the unique patterns of everyone's fingers, but a new study and experiment conducted by researchers at Michigan State University shows that fingerprint scanning can be thwarted with a simple inkjet printer. Say what now? As rudimentary as that sounds, the researchers demonstrated in a video posted to YouTube exactly how this works. They used a color inkjet Brother MFC-J5910DW printer outfitted with... Read more...
Samsung has been using fingerprint scanning as a security measure on several of its devices already, including its Galaxy S5 Mini, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge. However, the implementation on all of those devices is one of a swipe-based sensor. With the release of its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, Samsung will reportedly transition to a touch-based fingerprint sensor. The name of the game here is better biometrics. As currently implemented, there just isn't enough surface area on the Home button, which oftentimes can lead to... Read more...
An association of hackers known as Chaos Computer Club has found a way to reproduce fingerprints by using just a couple of photos of someone's fingers. The group explained its method at the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, using the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as an example. This is an interesting development, as lifting fingerprints no longer requires that a person touch a physical object. Instead, hackers who use this technology can virtually swipe someone's fingerprints at public gatherings just by using a standard photo camera. Image... Read more...
You're a unique individual. Not just in the way you look, dress, and act, but also in the way you smell. Don't be offended, we're not saying you smell bad, we're just having a little talk about science. If you didn't have a unique scent, it would be difficult for dogs to track you using their noses, but part of the reason they can do that without getting confused is because of your unique scent. This has prompted researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid to focus their attention on a biometric authentication system that can analyze your "personal odor." According to the researchers, there... Read more...
Sony Corporation today announced the development of a finger vein authentication technology called "mofiria." The user-friendly technology offers quick response and high accuracy and comes in a compact size for mounting on mobile devices such as a personal computer or mobile phone.With the increase of networked products and services, a user-friendly interface for personal authentication and higher security of personal information is in great demand.Compared to the other biometric authentication techniques, vein authentication technology achieves higher accuracy on personal identification and forgery... Read more...