Biometrics May Solve Identity Theft
June 16, 2017
With #Cyber_Attacks at an all-time high and identify theft even higher (I had my credit card info stolen 2 times in the last year and one of my dear friends had her identity stolen), we have to be extra cautious with what we carry in our wallets and what we put out on the Internet. People #PHISHING for information are likely to get your sensitive information and take what belongs to you quicker than you can blink your eyes. What are the measures we can take to prevent this?
As identity theft has become the bane of consumers everywhere, technologies aimed at making transactions more secure are gaining ground. Such “biometric technologies” including iris scans, as well as those for fingerprints, palm, skin, voice and face patterns, says CNN.
Biometrics refers to metrics related to human characteristics. Biometrics authentication or realistic authentications used in computer science as a form of identification and access control. It is also used to identify individuals in groups that are under surveillance.
Newsweek writes in a 2014 document, some three years ago:
In the age of #biometric_surveillance, there is no place to hide. … the footage to suspects with the help of a new technology called face recognition. … The outcome was pure Kafka, with innocent people being caught in the surveillance dragnet.
#Biometric_identifiers are then distinctive, measurable characteristics used to label and describe individuals. Biometric identifiers are often categorized as physiological versus behavioral characteristics. Physiological characteristics are related to the shape of the body. Examples include, but are not limited to fingerprint, palm veins, face recognition, DNA, palm print, hand geometry, iris recognition, retina and even odor and scent. (Crazy shit!)
I like knowing that someone is watching out for me in the large picture, but we have evidence everyday that these biometrics are not working hard enough or fast enough to identify all suspects in terror attack or the like. I, however, want to know that I am able to protect myself as much as possible, and my family from any kind of identity theft. Things I do to prevent cyber scam:
- I use my Iphone’s Wallet (#Apple_Pay), which keeps my physical cards and fingerprints from touching anything that could be attacked.
- If I have to use a machine that requires a physical credit card, I put my hand over the device as I swipe and put any pertinent info into it. Then I take a clean cloth and wipe off any fingerprints, as criminals can come behind you with heat sensitive material and see which buttons you touched.
- Anything on the Internet or in E-mail that looks suspicious, I delete, especially if it asks for information that leads to other sites. (Keep a watchful eye on the web address as you can get swept into a maze of new sites. Often, you will be told you are signing into #Paypal, but you will be transferred to a site in Africa or Russia. I don’t trust any of it.
- Check your online accounts frequently. One day I just happened to be looking at my Paypal account and noticed that someone had deposited $1000 into my account. I knew of no payee owing me money. So, I quickly challenged this payee and found out that it was someone phishing. The next step was to deduct money from my account. Fortunately, I was on top of that one.
- We all love to buy things online. I love the ease with which I can buy online. But, my credit card information can easily be compromised, especially if there is a cyber attack to the company. If I can avoid it, I try not to use my credit cards online. If I do, I make sure I change my password soon after.
- Lastly, simple caution with any information you must write on sign-in information. No one should be asking you for your entire account number or social security number as you sign in. Maybe the last four digits, but that’s it. Caution is everything.
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