Most people are aware they shouldn’t post sensitive and personally identifying information on social media, such as a letter with their address or a plane ticket, as they could be used by scammers.

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Where will it end?  We shred our mail and change our passwords.  We are wary of phishing and careful about posting personal information.  But everyday we share our photos – precious images of life’s most endearing moments – with friends, family, and co-workers.  Surely, these innocent, non-compromising photos are OK.

Ah, unfortunately, maybe not all of them – not so much.  The security of biometrics – metrics related to human characteristics and used in computer science as a form of identification and access control – is coming under scrutiny.  And it’s not a pretty picture.   “Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) have found that fingerprints can be easily recreated from photos taken up to three metres away without the need for advanced technology. So long as the picture is clear and well-lit, prints can be mimicked…Back in 2015, hacker Jan “Starbug” Krissler recreated Angela Merkel’s iris from a photo and managed to unlock a test.”

“Once biometric data is stolen and resold on the Dark Web, the risk of inappropriate access to a user’s accounts and identity will persist for that person’s lifetime,” said Robert Capps, from biometrics company NuData Security.

That’s not exactly what we want to hear.  But it’s another reality of living in the digital world that we need to understand and navigate wisely.

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