It’s Time to Lay Passwords to Rest

By Sarah Landes | April 5, 2018
Week after week another company is added to the growing list of massive data breaches. Your data, my data, everyone’s data is out there now – there is no turning back. You might think the rumors about the death of passwords are nothing but gossip, but they truly are the weakest link in securing your […]
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Biometrics in Humanitarian Efforts

By Ayenna Cagaanan | April 3, 2018
Humanitarian organization work in extremely volatile situations. From refugee camps to war zones, officials must make decisions efficiently and thoughtfully. With precious data on the line, maintaining integrity while providing privacy, these organizations turn to biometrics for convenience and security. Here are some benefits and critiques of using biometric authentication programs in these organizations. Uses […]
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Levels of Security and Privacy

By Ayenna Cagaanan | March 30, 2018
This issue of the Weekly Cypher explores the varying degrees of security and privacy that surround biometric verification technologies, and why they’re important.
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Facial Recognition for All

By Ayenna Cagaanan | March 23, 2018
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week: Lost Kiwi Cats and Dogs Found with Facial Recognition Tech| findbiometrics Lost your cat or dog? Have an Instagram photo of […]
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Multi-Step vs Multi-Factor Authentication

By Ayenna Cagaanan | March 22, 2018
Around four years ago, Brown University rolled out a multi-step authentication program to increase their cybersecurity. Partnering with Duo Security, they required all Brown affiliated users to log into any Brown related site to input a secure password and then verify their identity through a “push” (a phone call or text) on their phone. This, […]
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The World of Tomorrow: Theme Parks and Your Biometrics

By Sarah Landes | March 20, 2018
I love theme parks – judge me all you want, but recently, I made my annual pilgrimage to Universal Studios in Florida and realized for the first time that I was giving them my biometrics! While I had done this process many times before, this time I took notice. I started researching the history of […]
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Biometrics Offer a Hopeful Future

By Ayenna Cagaanan | March 16, 2018
This issue of the Weekly Cypher explores a hopeful and secure future with biometric authentication services at the helm.
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How to Preserve Privacy in Biometric Systems

By Asem Othman | March 15, 2018
More people are using their biometrics every day to unlock their phones, access bank accounts, and secure data. The problem is, as this technology becomes more popular, some people, and companies, are using it without a second thought to privacy. In a world where our photos are accessible online for nearly anyone to access, are […]
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Does Your Doppelganger Share Your Fingerprints?

By Ian E. Muller | March 13, 2018
From Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to mythological twins Romulus and Remus credited with founding the city of Rome, twins have captured the human imagination across the millennia. Some say that spotting your doppelganger or look-alike is a harbinger of bad luck. Others say a doppelganger is your evil twin. But it’s not all bad.  Shakespeare’s […]
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Iris Recognition From Ration Shops to Country Borders

By Ayenna Cagaanan | March 9, 2018
With the increasing ubiquity of biometrics software, this issue of the Weekly Cypher highlights biometric identification software, like iris recognition, being used in unconventional places.
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