Peace Sign selfie may lead to fingerprint retrieval

Peace sign in selfies is now very rampant among people who are addicted to taking pictures, solo or group. For some, it is a striking pose to see a peace sign in photos.

However, a Japanese professor says that this could lead to identity theft.

According to reports, Isao Echizen, a professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan, says that while the selfie phenomenon is well and good, people should think twice about showing their fingertips on the photo.

Allegedly, in an experiment conducted by Echizen, he was able to retrieve fingerprint data from photos with peace sign that were taken as far as 3 meters away from the subject’s fingertips.

With biometrics becoming increasingly accepted as a more reliable security solution over passwords, safeguarding one’s fingerprint data is now slowly becoming a valid concern. Passwords, when hacked, can be changed, but fingerprints are unique to each individual.

The professor allegedly added that celebrities may be at the greatest risk due to the large quantities of photos that they are featured in.

Meanwhile, regular folk might think that there’s no need for them to safeguard against hackers because they’re not important enough. On the contrary, regular individuals still fall into ransom scams once the security of their digital data becomes compromised.

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