Biometrics

Android Touch ID alternative in early 2014 promises FIDO Alliance

Android Touch ID alternative in early 2014 promises FIDO Alliance

iPhone 5s-style fingerprint security could show up broadly on Android phones within six months, a consortium led by Google, PayPal and others claims, promising an open standard rather than Apple's locked-down Touch ID. Early attempts at Android biometrics on the Motorola ATRIX and others proved clunky, but a new generation of fingerprint scanning with "very low friction" to success is fast approaching, Michael Barrett of the FIDO Alliance told USA Today.

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iPhone 5s Touch ID tricked with fake fingerprint

iPhone 5s Touch ID tricked with fake fingerprint

Fame has its price, making you a bigger target than the kid down the street, as exemplified by this latest demonstration involving the newly released iPhone 5s and its much advertised fingerprint sensor. Hackers from Germany's Chaos Computing Club (CCC) have shown how they were able to deceive Apple's latest security feature into believing they're someone they're not.

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iPhone 5s Touch ID prompts US Senator security concerns

iPhone 5s Touch ID prompts US Senator security concerns

US Senator Al Franken has waded into controversy over Apple's Touch ID biometric system on the iPhone 5s, challenging the Cupertino firm to address his security concerns about stolen fingerprints and data privacy. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook - in which he's quick to point out that he himself uses an iPhone - Senator Franken highlights the fact that fingerprints, unlike a password, cannot be changed by the individual. "You have only ten of them" the senator writes, "and you leave them on everything you touch; they are definitely not a secret." However, while the letter makes some reference to Apple's already public security measures, it also seems to confuse exactly which part of the finger Touch ID is assessing.

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iPhone 5s Touch ID hands-on: What we know

iPhone 5s Touch ID hands-on: What we know

As revealed this week, the iPhone 5S is set to be the first Apple device with its own fingerprint scanner (or fingerprint sensor, if you wish), working with Apple's own Touch ID technology. Apple suggests that this technology will only allow the information gathered by the sensor to be read and used by the device itself - no 3rd party developers aloud - and with this sensor you'll be able to log in to your iPhone with ease. Even as we first lay hands (or fingers) on Touch ID, this new bit of biometrics technology is set to start a firestorm in the mobile security world - even though it's technically not the first time a feature like it has been implemented.

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Nymi smart wristband gets your heart’s electrical activity, replaces your keys

Nymi smart wristband gets your heart’s electrical activity, replaces your keys

Wouldn't it be convenient to be free of keys, cards, remote controls, and such and simply open doors or appliances with a wave of a hand? Wouldn't it be great if you could do that without the need to leave your fingerprint everywhere? That may soon be a reality with this new wristband from Bionym that will let you unlock doors or devices but without the potential security risk of a fingerprint-based system.

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Motorola Skip: It’s no digital tattoo, but it should solve Moto X PIN-pain

Motorola Skip: It’s no digital tattoo, but it should solve Moto X PIN-pain

Motorola's Skip accessory for the Moto X is the first in the company's steps to "superpower-like" authentication options, a clip-on NFC dongle intended to preserve both security and simplicity from the context-aware smartphone. Skip - which will initially be bundled with all Moto X orders placed through the Moto Maker site - clings to a coat, jeans pocket, or bag, and instantly unlocks the Moto X whenever they're tapped together, streamlining the "Touchless Control" system where Google Now is always listening. It's the first sign of what Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan promised was in development back in May.

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iPhone fingerprint sensor tapped in iOS leak

iPhone fingerprint sensor tapped in iOS leak

There's a folder appearing in the archives of the newest iOS 7 Beta with a title that suggests Apple is ready to bring a fingerprint scanner to the iPhone. This folder goes by the name of BiometricKitUI and brings with it the suggestion that the iPhone - or the iPad and the iPod touch, whichever you'd like to imagine - will be working with the recognition of its user by their unique characteristics or traits.

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Google Face Unlock research uses crazy expressions to secure your Android

Google Face Unlock research uses crazy expressions to secure your Android

Google is exploring new facial-recognition security systems that could involve pulling strange expressions at your Android smartphone, in an attempt to bolster the easily-fooled Face Unlock option. The research, revealed in a Google patent application, would combine existing face-matching systems with a preconfigured movement or gesture, such as moving an eyebrow, sticking out a tongue, or frowning.

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