Biometric Scanners for Online Banking
You’re not the only person who thinks that trying to remember 400 online passwords is a fool’s game. Barclays have recently announced the 2015 introduction of personal biometric scanners for corporate clients. Using Finger Vein Authentication Technology (VeinID), you put your finger in a tennis ball sized scanner that uses near-infrared light and a CCD camera to capture your veins as very dark lines.
Your unique vein-pattern is then cryptographically stored on an official Barclays SIM-card and is used as authentication once you re-enter their website.
If you’re concerned about errors, the scanner boasts a one-in-a-million chance of letting the wrong person in, and a one in ten thousand chance of locking you out. Already used in physical banks across Europe, North America, and Japan, this is the first time such a system has been developed for online users, and it’s expected other industries will jump on board.
You’ll be happy to know VeinID also won’t accept fingers that don’t have blood pumping through them, which is comforting if somebody wants to steal more than your identity.
Iris Scanning on a Giant Scale
A few eyebrows were raised when India’s Government unveiled plans to biometrically scan its 1.2 billion citizens. However, by the end of 2014 they were already halfway there, with one million people registering to be scanned each day.
This makes the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) the largest holder of biometric data in the world. Iris scanning gives identities, and therefore benefits and bank accounts, to some of the poorest people on earth. Furthermore, it severely reduces identity theft and benefit fraud in a country that loses over £15 billion per year to such crimes.
The iris scans are held in a central database, which people access with their personal 12-digit Aadhaar number. While other countries are adopting iris-scanning technology on a smaller scale, India’s programme could be the template for a global model.
Security Robots for the Home
This year, security robots that have only been used by the military or in high-end installations will be available for everybody. The iCamPRO is round, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and applies audio and motion sensors to constantly seek movement in your home or business.
Once an intruder is located, the robot follows them around the room, and records every movement in real time. It also records in the dark, automatically adjusts to your WiFi bandwidth for audio-visual clarity, and uses an algorithm so the intruder will be constantly displayed in the centre of your mobile device’s screen.
Smart Home Security
As the Internet of Things (IoT) market takes off, 2015 is forecast to be the year of the smart home. However, with everything from your washing machine to your security system networked and available from your mobile device, 2015 also promises to be the year of smart home hacking.
To combat this, a flurry of affordable products such as the iGuardian will be released. These products monitor all data to and from your smart devices, scan regularly updated databases for the latest threats, and disconnect from the outside world at the first sign of a malicious attack.
The Bulletproof Suit
Once the rest of your life is secured, you can choose to look after your body with a bulletproof suit. Designed by Garrison Bespoke, this dapper designer-wear offers all the sophistication you need, while the diamond-nanotube technology can stop a 32-calibre bullet. Just what you need if you have a cool £7,500 and go by the name of ‘Bond’.
Arguably every element of your life will need protection in the near future, but there’s emerging technologies that can do just that. A few smart security choices will see you fearlessly enjoying this brave new world, with no dystopian future in sight.
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