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In an age of identity theft and worn down
magnetic strips we need a product that
offers us greater reliability and security.
Not more than a week ago I was sitting in
my Financial Consultant's office. We were
discussing certain unimportant numbers,
when I asked him a question to which he
needed to refer to his computer. He
turned to his computer which had fallen
asleep, but instead of punching "Bosco" or
"Swordfish" he simply placed his thumb
against a small black scanner.
Then a few days later I noticed a friend
had this same inexpensive contraption on
his home computer. Why don't banks
begin to tie our checking accounts to our
thumb prints, to a point where we can
slowly phase out the credit card? At a
market simply place your thumb on the
machine. Once you've gained access to
your accounts a screen, much like what
already exists in the grocery store, would
give you the option of which acount to pay
Of course we do come across one slight
problem; I believe that hackers would be
able to steal digital thumbprints just as
quickly as they could credit card numbers.
A fail-safe in place could be additional
codes sent seperately, or IP address
confirmation when purchasing online.
[batou, May 03 2007]
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||The Jewel chain of grocery stores in the US baked this last year, see link.
||Wow. I need to start shopping at
||The finger print scanner on the pc scans the finger and compares to one or few pre stored finger prints which will not take a lot of the time. If you use the same method instead of a credit card you'll be causing a few mile long queue to buy a newspaper every morning while the system checks whose finger print is this. However, the NFC technology is here and is set to do just that but in a very different way, the Touch and Go way. have a look at WIMA 2007 http://www.wima.mc/
||Didn't Marty McFly do this in Back to the Future 2?
||I read that the directors and producers of that film are going to get together in 2015 and chat/laugh about how accurate/way off their vision of the future was to the reality of it. So, it looks lik thumbprints could be more widely used by 2015... not sure about the hoverboards though...
||Imagine carrying your credit card number on a pre-inked rubber stamp around your neck, and casually, without meaning to, leaving copies of your credit card number and expiration date everywhere you go. That's how secure your biometric data is.
So, it'll have its place as a key into a customer database, but not as a secret key that protects access to something valuable - it's simply not secret.