Biometrics – we should avoid them

Biometrics (the use of your own biological data as a key to a lock) sounds cool and awesome.

And it’s a disaster. Why is it a disaster? Because it’s the one password you can’t change. So if it’s hacked, you’re permanently screwed. And to date, they always get hacked, easily.

http://www.ccc.de/en/updates/2013/ccc-breaks-apple-touchid

http://www.pcworld.com/article/103535/article.html

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/05/16/gummi_bears_defeat_fingerprint_sensors/

Tsutomu Matsumoto in particular has been able to defeat many biometrics systems with literally dollars in parts.

At best, this kind of thing would be a secondary or tertiary piece of information. At best.

 

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