The password is dead. Long live the password.

Passwords are becoming ‘the’ security problem that needs to be solved. As security breaches become more commonplace, passwords are getting longer and more complicated. Take a mixture of your pets name, mother’s maiden name & your favourite holiday destination, shake them around a bit with some upper and lower case, numbers and symbols – and … Continue reading The password is dead. Long live the password.

Is security in schools about technology or common sense?

Should we turn our schools into fortresses? Security within schools has always an emotive issue, and given the recent events in Leeds, it’s been thrust centre-stage again. There has been a tide of articles in the press recently questioning what security processes can be put into place to keep our schools safe. Installing metal detectors … Continue reading Is security in schools about technology or common sense?

Biometrics in schools: big win or big brother?

“If you don’t know the password you can’t come in.” It’s a phrase often heard in school playgrounds up and down the country, as children play games with their friends. But frankly, passwords could soon be irrelevant if biometrics continue to take off in the way that they have. A piece of research carried out … Continue reading Biometrics in schools: big win or big brother?

Smartphones and biometrics: we’re all ears

The iPhone 5S was the first. Their Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the lock-in screen heralded the beginning of biometrics security as part of smartphone furniture. But it was easily hacked just two days after the phone went on sale in September last year. Germany’s famous hacker team, the Chaos Computer Club, were able to … Continue reading Smartphones and biometrics: we’re all ears

One password your kids can’t memorise

Samsung are the latest to add a biometrics feature onto their new smartphone. The Galaxy S5, which is currently available to pre-order, will feature a fingerprint scanner in the same way as the Apple iPhone 5 does, with the main button on the front doubling as a scanner to unlock the device. The security feature won’t … Continue reading One password your kids can’t memorise

Pay for your milk using your veins?

Forget fingerprint and iris scanners. You could soon be able to pay for the week’s groceries using the veins on your hand. The Biyo: no wallets, no receipts – all you need is yourself US Biometric company Biyo (formerly Pulse Wallet) have created a revolutionary way to make payments for everyday purchases. Rather than opting … Continue reading Pay for your milk using your veins?

No entry – sorry, your face doesn’t fit

If you read in the news about someone not being allowed entry to a club because they were wearing trainers or the ‘wrong type of jeans’, you wouldn’t be surprised. But to be denied entry because your face isn’t right? Surely not. Well actually, yes. 3D facial recognition technology for an exclusive membership club MorphoTrak, … Continue reading No entry – sorry, your face doesn’t fit

ID cards replaced in a heartbeat?

Ever thought you’d be able to unlock a door or your PC with your heartbeat? No? We didn’t either. But Bionym’s latest brainchild – the Nymi – promises to do all that, and more. On first glance, the Nymi is a simple looking wristband, a bit like a minimalist watch. But according to Bionym, it’s … Continue reading ID cards replaced in a heartbeat?

Stepping up access control in schools: is biometrics the answer?

Security is always at the forefront of the school agenda, and never more so than recently. More educational establishments are embracing the many benefits presented by access control reader systems in terms of identifying and controlling who enters their buildings. In most cases this means presenting staff and pupils with access control key cards, fobs … Continue reading Stepping up access control in schools: is biometrics the answer?