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8/12/2014
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Marilyn Cohodas
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6 Biometric Factors That Are Working Today

From fingerprints to wearable ECG monitors, there are real options in the market that may relegate the despised password to the dustbin of history.
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Eye Scan
A tweet from Samsung last month got the Twitterverse buzzing about whether the Galaxy Note 4, expected to be released this fall, would be equipped with a retinal or iris canner. The tweet mentions a security feature 'unique to us,' and the image shows a smartphone with focus on the user's eye.

Retinal and iris scanning technology have been around a long time. Developed in the 1980s, retinal scanning maps the unique patterns of a person's retina and is one of the most well known biometric technologies, according to Rawlson O'Neil King, a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com. Today, it's largely used for physical access applications in high-security environments at top-level government, military, and corrections applications such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and NASA.
Iris scanning is a newer and less invasive technology than retina scanning, and one that is reportedly being looked at by Apple for new consumer wearable products. Currently, it's used for identity verification by government agencies and facilities such as Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, where it's used to allow passengers to cross the border without having to produce a passport.

A tweet from Samsung last month got the Twitterverse buzzing about whether the Galaxy Note 4, expected to be released this fall, would be equipped with a retinal or iris canner. The tweet mentions a security feature "unique to us," and the image shows a smartphone with focus on the users eye.

Retinal and iris scanning technology have been around a long time. Developed in the 1980s, retinal scanning maps the unique patterns of a persons retina and is one of the most well known biometric technologies, according to Rawlson ONeil King, a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com. Today, its largely used for physical access applications in high-security environments at top-level government, military, and corrections applications such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and NASA.

Iris scanning is a newer and less invasive technology than retina scanning, and one that is reportedly being looked at by Apple for new consumer wearable products. Currently, its used for identity verification by government agencies and facilities such as Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, where its used to allow passengers to cross the border without having to produce a passport.

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8/12/2014 | 4:05:35 PM
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Check it out: http://www.biometricnewsportal.com/palm_biometrics.asp "In addition, the sensor of the palm vein device can only recognize the pattern if the deoxidized hemoglobin is actively flowing within the individual's veins." In other words, the blood's got to be flowing.

And Marilyn this whole chopping fingers off to use fingerprint scanners isn't just my own gruesome brainchild. It happened in Malaysia years ago: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4396831.stm

Luckily, some fingerprint scanners -- like the one on the new iphone -- only work if the finger is attached to a live body, because they detect the electricity emitted by a person's living body. http://www.webpronews.com/no-you-cant-use-a-disembodied-finger-to-get-past-the-iphone-5s-fingerprint-scanner-2013-09
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8/12/2014 | 3:57:59 PM
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You've stumped me on that one Sara! (pun intended)... I'm #scratchingmyhead tryng to envision the scenario you've just described. Interesting plot for a horror flick though!
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8/12/2014 | 3:53:37 PM
correct me if I'm wrong
Cool stuff, Marilyn. I just wanted to verify: in order for palm vein scanners to work, the blood needs to be flowing, right? Therefore an attacker wouldn't be able to authenticate if they chopped off the legitimate user's hand. Right? 
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