Visa experimenting with biometrics for payment verification

By Shawn Knight ยท 10 replies
Feb 25, 2014
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  1. Biometric fingerprint scanners like the one found on the iPhone 5s and the upcoming Galaxy S5 is likely the future of mobile security. The technology could also have far-reaching implications outside of the smartphone market, however, which is why Visa...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Cool now some perv will be trying to get my fingerprints, thanks Visa.
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    I was going to challenge this, but immediately recalled the implications of Rule 34. You, sir, must live in a strange part of town.
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  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Our Newsletter Mirror codotuk posted a article named "Worker caught laughing at bank robber" Need I explain more... The bank robber had a meat cleaver and tried to get the "worker" to hand over money even tho between him and her was a bulletproof window....
  5. Spit on the card to read ure DNA, cool!
  6. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    Seriously? After the iPhone scanner was hacked within days. I remember one which used a fingerprint off the phone screen itself but can't find the link, here is another link however to a similar 'hack'.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,886   +1,222

    A fingerprint is not a password. Can someone guess my fingerprint to gain access? No. Can they call customer service and have my fingerprint reset and lock me out? No.

    The annoying part would be I can't let my wife use my card unless they allow for multiple users. At least with a PIN number you can let other's use it.
  8. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    Good point. There has got to be an easier alternative for temporary access without having to provide your fingerprint to someone else's device. For credit card though, this might not be an issue since spouses can have their own cards.
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Good point, MilwaukeeMike. What if you wanted someone else to use your credit card? I used to use my parent's all the time. Makes it harder to buy. I am very often shopping for people in my business, and they never have cash. They often file rebates. Why should I have to use MY rebate for them?
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I don't see the hassle. the bank simply issues 2 cards for one customer, one for you and one for your pie, her card matches her fingerprint and yours matches your fingerprint.
    Anyway Visa are just looking at it, nothing set in stone yet but if it comes about these kinks will be ironed out.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +900

    Your opinion makes sense because technology can't be improved, at all, so we are kind of screwed.

    For those who think you can't spit through the phone, this is known as multiple step verification, you don't use ONE, you use multiple to assure or reduce the options of being compromised.

    The same creppy dude that would get your pin now he has to cut your finger or whatnot, it makes it harder, not bullet proof.

    The only way to avoid risk completely would be to eliminate what generates it, in this case credit cards and since you can't eliminate those, all you can do is try to mitigate risk.

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