The Tech That Will Kill Passwords Dead

Passwords are broken. Most people pick crappy passwords, and that inevitably leads to trouble.(We're looking at you Sony Pictures.) Good passwords are basically impossible to remember. Heck, even the dude who invented passwords thinks they're a total nightmare. The time to kill the password is overdue, and thankfully… » 12/04/14 2:30pm 12/04/14 2:30pm

Cops Can Make You Fingerprint-Unlock Your Phone, and That's Not Okay

A Virginia Circuit Court judge recently said that it was not okay for cops to force suspect's to unlock their phones with a passcode. (Thanks, the Constitution!) However, the judge also ruled that it was okay for cops to force suspects to unlock their phones with a fingerprint. Wait, what? » 11/03/14 11:08am 11/03/14 11:08am

The Ultra-Laborious Way the FBI Matched Fingerprints to Paper Files

The FBI just switched over to Next-Generation Identification, a new digital system for keeping track of the 83 million fingerprint cards the bureau maintains. That means dismantling thousands of filing cabinets that were once hand-searched by Bureau employees, twenty-four hours a day. Here's how they did it. » 8/23/14 8:00pm 8/23/14 8:00pm

Apple Wants To Use Your Fingerprints to Unlock Your iPhone

Apple was just granted a patent for technology that could lead to a fancy new biometric unlocking mechanism on future Apple products. The technology could also be used to implement new security features for ecommerce. The patent comes just a few months after Apple bought security technology company AuthenTec for $356… » 10/11/12 11:55am 10/11/12 11:55am

Know-It-All LCD Panel Can Scan Fingerprints, Sense Light

The fundamental proposition of consumer technology is as follows: the closer we are to using the gadgets featured in the last 10 years of crappy spy thrillers and action movies, the more progress we've made. That's how the Surface » 11/05/08 5:42am 11/05/08 5:42am came to be, and how we've ended up with the fingerprint-grabbing, light-sensing LCD…

Smudge-Resistant Film Breaks Down Your Gross Fingersweat With Chemistry

Japanese company Tsujiden has presented a new protective film that diminishes fingerprints in a matter of seconds, breaking down the oily residue using a simple property of chemistry previously utilized in soaps and detergents. The company claims that the lipophilic and hydrophilic properties of the film cause the… » 10/31/08 9:00am 10/31/08 9:00am