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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Biometrics more common now, but what about privacy issues?

Prophecy Sign:  The coming "mark of the Beast" identification system

In one of our other blog entries today, we noted how a cashless society would grease the wheels for the implementation of the buy/sell system of the Antichrist. In this blog entry we see just how such a system could work utilizing a variety of personal bio-metrics.  Retinal scans, (the forehead), fingerprint and palm scans, (the hand), and even a persons heartbeat could all be used to identify a person.  While we do not believe this to be the exact form of the coming mark of the Beast, it goes to show how far we have come in our technological advanced society to allow for such control over a persons ability to conduct daily commerce.

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:16-17 NIV

Biometrics more common now, but what about privacy issues?
Imagine using a scan of your eye to open a door or your fingerprint to buy something. It's not futuristic, it's reality. Retinal scans and fingerprint identifications are being rolled out everywhere from gyms to hospitals to, most recently, your iPhone. These sophisticated biometric security devices work by measuring things that are unique to you, like your fingerprint, your voice, your face, and even your retina.

Say Goodbye to the Password
"We think that biometric authentication is going to be significantly more popular, and the driver and enabler of this is mobile computing," says Ant Allan, research vice president at Gartner Inc.of Stamford, Conn. He explains that for large enterprises, installing new hardware for each employee can be very expensive, thus a system that draws on commonly owned personal devices has clear economic advantages. Moreover, employees with mobile devices are likely to find a fingerprint reader much easier to use than remembering and typing passwords.

Iris ID introduces iris at distance system
Iris ID Systems is set to introduce the IrisAccess iCAM D1000 during the Biometric Consortium Conference in Tampa, Florida, this week. Claimed to be the first “Iris at a Distance” camera of its kind, the multi-modal biometric system - designed for use in airports, border control, immigration, law enforcement and various smart biometric ID card applications including drivers licenses and national ID - can capture, verify and enrol iris and face at a distance of approximately 1 metre with its auto-zoom and auto-focus features.

New Apple iPhone pushes biometrics 'into the mainstream'
The next-generation smartphones Apple announced Tuesday contain a powerful new operating system and come in an array of snappy colours, but the most intriguing aspect for many tech watchers was the introduction of a fingerprint scanner. "It’s a huge leap forward for biometrics in the consumer market," says Michelle Warren, president of Toronto-based tech analysis firm MW Research & Consulting. "It pushes biometrics into the mainstream."

Getting Personal – Your Pulse Could Be Your New Password
Passwords, pin numbers, and credit cards could soon be a thing of the past. Soon, your heart and your body might be used to keep track of just about everything if new technology is able to unlock “pulse passwords”. Your heartbeat reveals more about you than your health, Bionym chief executive officer Karl Martin explained. “There’s actually unique characteristics that relate to the size of the heart, the position of the heart, and the physiology surrounding the heart,” he said. Our heartbeats are as unique to us as our fingerprints and now they are being used to replace passwords, key cards, and bank cards, CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson reported. “It’s like your personal pin number is your heartbeat,” Mashable.com’s Lance Ulanoff said.

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