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Facial Recognition Could be The Next Access Point For Hackers

Facial recognition, a form of biometric technology is a biological measurement — or physical characteristic — that can be used to identify individuals. Researchers claim the shape of an ear, the way someone sits and walks, unique body odors, the veins in one’s hands, and even facial contortions are other unique identifiers. Because physical characteristics are relatively fixed and individualized — even in the case of twins — they are being used to replace or at least augment password systems for computers, phones, and restricted access rooms and buildings. Biometrics scanners are becoming increasingly sophisticated. For example, Apple’s iPhone X  which operates on the facial recognition technology incidents 30,000 infrared dots onto a user’s face in order to create a sequence of reflections which produce information about the 3D shape of the face, substantiating the user by pattern matching. The chance of mistaken identity is one in a million, according to Apple. This technological advancement should be a thing of joy as it’s supposed to go a long way in easing us of the constant worries of having to remember our passwords and also being very careful not to mistakenly drop them for cybercriminals. It is on record that in…

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How to Protect Your Personal Data With VPN

We constantly wake up to news of fresh online security scares and this makes it absolutely compulsory that you must seek means of ensuring that your personal data is protected. The  Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout annual end-of-year data breach report, revealed a 126% increase in exposed consumer’s personal data and 1.68 billion email-related credentials. In Also very disturbing is the February report that hackers were distributing a “megaleak” among themselves of more than 2.2 billion unique usernames and passwords. These were personal data obtained in recent years as part of database breaches from top-notch sites such as Dropbox, LinkedIn, and Yahoo among others. You still must not undermine the fact that hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees. If you take into consideration the mammoth size of cybercrimes and the sophistication of cybercriminals you may want to believe that taking steps to protect yourself online might seem like a fool’s errand. But it’s a task that must be necessarily accomplished. VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are services that route your online traffic through an encrypted server so you can browse safely and anonymously on…

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