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Improving security with real-time Captcha

A real-time Captcha technique can improve biometric authentication, according to new technology research. This helps to combat hackers who try to use machine learning and image generation software in order to fool legitimate users.

Apple's Face ID might allow cops to unlock your phone

Apple's new Face ID technology on the iPhone X could make it easier for law enforcement to unlock your phone. The biometric authentication method offers fewer legal protections than a passcode or PIN. There are also concerns it could be bypassed.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 iris scanner fooled by a photograph

Samsung's "ultrasecure" iris scanner on its Galaxy S8 smartphone has been fooled using a photograph and contact lens. The method is alarmingly trivial to use and raises concerns about the safety of the biometric authentication technique.

Bank's voice recognition system fooled by user's twin

The voice recognition security system used by a major UK bank was compromised in a test by a user's twin. The breach allows recent transactions to be displayed and money to be transferred between accounts. Withdrawals are not permitted.

LG unveils a fingerprint sensor that hides beneath a glass screen

LG subsidiary LG Innotek has developed a new fingerprint sensor that doesn’t need its own button to be operated. The sensor can be placed directly under a sheet of glass, opening the door to smartphones that unlock when you touch the display.

Passwords aren't going anywhere yet, should last until 2025

Despite moves towards two-factor and biometric authentication methods, the humble password remains the most common form of protection used online. The often-loathed strings of characters won't be phased out for another 10 years, according to a study.
 

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