How biometrics could improve the E-Verify system

By Justine Brown | March 12, 2019
The senseless death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts last fall made national headlines. In addition to the questions and anger the case raised, it also brought attention to E-Verify, an Internet-based system used to check the immigration status of job applicants. The employers of the undocumented immigrant charged with killing Tibbetts initially said they had run […]
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Overheard at RSA: the challenges around passwords

By Fred O'Connor | March 11, 2019
Amid sessions on IoT security, how to protect organizations from ransomware attacks and attack trends, an arguably less sexy but equally important security topic permeated the 2019 RSA Conference: the challenges around passwords. Here’s a roundup of just a few of the undoubtedly many times that passwords were discussed at RSA. What’s stronger: kale or […]
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With biometrics common in their personal lives, people want to use the technology at work

By Fred O'Connor | March 6, 2019
Using biometrics to unlock a smartphone and access mobile apps has become common. The annoyance of remembering swipe patterns, PINs and passwords has been replaced with a better user experience: touch a fingerprint sensor or just look at your smartphone’s screen and you’re authenticated. In addition to using biometric authentication in their personal lives, people […]
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LG unveils dual-screen 5G smartphone and touts biometric breakthrough

By Derek Goldstein | March 1, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. LG unveils dual-screen 5G smartphone and touts biometric breakthrough |Reuters LG has launched its G8ThingQ phone, which can be unlocked without touching the screen through light sensors which […]
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Your questions on strong customer authentication answered

By Fred O'Connor | February 28, 2019
Are European banks prepared to provide strong customer authentication (SCA)? How can biometrics be stored securely? What two-factor authentication methods do banks prefer to use to provide strong customer authentication? These are just a few of the questions we received after our webinar on PSD2 and how payment providers can provide strong customer authentication without impeding […]
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As use of biometrics grows, some states consider legislation to protect privacy

By Justine Brown | February 25, 2019
As the use of biometrics grows across a range of industries, so do concerns over how this information will be used (or misused) and possible effects on personal privacy. To ensure that the parties collecting and managing this data are also protecting and using it properly, some states have implemented laws governing the gathering and […]
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Chinese and Iranian hackers renew their attacks on US companies

By Fred O'Connor | February 22, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Chinese and Iranian hackers renew their attacks on US companies | The New York Times Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in […]
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Still using your old MyFitnessPal password to access other sites? Now is the time to retire it

By Fred O'Connor | February 21, 2019
          If you’re still using your old MyFitnessPal password to access other websites, now is the time to change and retire it. Almost a year after the diet and exercise website disclosed that it was breached, threat actors are selling the stolen credentials, which may include the usernames, passwords and email […]
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Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach

By Fred O'Connor | February 15, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach | Fortune The MyFitnessPal app disclosed a data breach last year affecting […]
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