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[The Verge] This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

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Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."

Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning to use it to open everything from our phones to our front doors, and even move the car seat exactly how we want it. All we have to do is wear a bracelet.

Martin's startup, Bionym, is going public with its first device, the Nymi, after research and development that goes back more than 10 years. It centers on a person's electrocardiogram, a measure not of your heart rate but of the electrical activity generated by your heart. A person's ECG is dependent on the size, position, and physiology of their heart, and it's completely unique to every person. It's as unique to you as your fingerprint, and unlike your fingerprint you're not leaving your ECG on glasses or windows or cell phones everywhere you go. That ECG is what Bionym uses to identify you as you.


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the video is pretty good too. I'll link it here







For people in the security field I'd be interested in opinions. I've long held the position that retina and fingerprints are no more secure than textual passwords as they are easily stolen!
 
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If it can be recorded for legitimate use, it can be recorded for illicit use.

Someone's ECG profile may not be left behind, but it can certainly be recorded and copied/transmitted. Also, if the security/encryption of the Nymi itself has any flaws, it could become the breach.

Probably more secure than fingerprints, probably not as secure as a standard password, assuming reasonable precautions are taken.
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Not buying into it.

In fact, not buying into any biometric or pseudo-biometric security system.
   
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"they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."

Wouldn't this apply, and even be easier with said bracelet.
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What happens if you walk out of your house without your bracelet?

Suddenly

No car, no Job, no phone and you can't even get back into your house to retrieve it.

No thanks.
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What happens if you walk out of your house without your bracelet?

Suddenly

No car, no Job, no phone and you can't even get back into your house to retrieve it.

No thanks.

HAHAHA so true
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What happens if you walk out of your house without your bracelet?

Suddenly

No car, no Job, no phone and you can't even get back into your house to retrieve it.

No thanks.

and it would be my luck that it would be in the middle of winter(below freezing) and I am outside with no boots in a t-shirt and my under wear.

may be based on actual events
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What happens if you walk out of your house without your bracelet?

Suddenly

No car, no Job, no phone and you can't even get back into your house to retrieve it.

No thanks.

It's essentially the same as leaving your keys and phone and wallet inside and locked out?

I'm not trolling. I as locked out of my room (not house, strangely) like that just 2 days ago... Had to walk bear feet to a store to borrow a phone to call the estate agents, and ended up replacing the lock....
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It's essentially the same as leaving your keys and phone and wallet inside and locked out?

I'm not trolling. I as locked out of my room (not house, strangely) like that just 2 days ago... Had to walk bear feet to a store to borrow a phone to call the estate agents, and ended up replacing the lock....

But how much easier is it to forget one thing that controls everything Vs leaving your keys and phone and wallet?

I know we all have our blonde moments in life as you have just demonstrated tongue.gif but tying up everything we own to be controlled by one tiny device is just asking for trouble...What happens if the battery dies while your out in the middle of nowhere as a better example?
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But how much easier is it to forget one thing that controls everything Vs leaving your keys and phone and wallet?

I know we all have our blonde moments in life as you have just demonstrated tongue.gif but tying up everything we own to be controlled by one tiny device is just asking for trouble...What happens if the battery dies while your out in the middle of nowhere as a better example?

True. My story makes me look stupid. I shall elaborate in light of that.

I had just moved into this place, and didn't know the rooms are all firedoors with locks that closes behind whoever walks out under its own weight, thus then locking it too. I know not to leave a house without keys and whatnot. But one's own room? Lesson learned indeed. (Lock now permanently latched to unlocked.)

Back on topic though. I don't buy any biometric solution to security either. It gives more of a reason for people to use physical means to force you to do what you don't want to. And keys or electronic keys work just fine IMO.
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