How does a fingerprint reader work?

Fingerprint scanning is a form of physiological biometrics that analyzes your physical characteristics in order to authenticate your identity. Basically, it recognizes that your fingerprint belongs to you and no one else. Everyone has unique, identifying marks on their fingers which are used to create a fingerprint. These cannot be changed or removed and so … Continued

Keystroke Dynamics: Your Guide

At its most fundamental level, biometrics is the measurement of the human body and so, biometric authentication is a method of verifying an identity based on your unique, individual characteristics. Keystroke dynamics is a form of biometric authentication. However, biometric authentication has two key approaches: physiological biometrics and behavioral biometrics. Physiological biometrics uses your biological … Continued

What is SIM Swap Fraud?

As banking services expand online and away from the brick-and-mortar branch, banks have had to implement new identification procedures to protect accounts against identity theft and fraud. New security challenges have arisen with this move, however. Banks must ensure that the user logging in is who they say they are, and often this requires more … Continued

Top tips for speeding up your computer

As society looks towards AI and robotics to increase our productivity and assist our everyday working and social life, experiencing a slow computer can appear to be something that shouldn’t happen anymore. Yet, this is a problem many needlessly face every day. Whether it is when starting up your laptop or flicking between applications on … Continued

Equifax hack: find out how to check if your data is compromised

Credit rating company Equifax has been the victim of a massive hack of its databases. The personal details of 143 million Americans and some from overseas were stolen. This is a particularly damaging attack as it included Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. Some credit card details of over 200 thousand people were also … Continued

What are physiological biometrics?

Biometrics is the science of analyzing physical or behavioral characteristics specific to each individual in order to be able to authenticate their identity. In the literal and most simple sense, biometrics means the “measurement of the human body”. If you have a relatively new smartphone, you may well be familiar with using your fingerprint to … Continued

What is iris scanning and where is it used?

In an era of constant hacking threats, traditional usernames and passwords are more vulnerable than ever. As well as being increasingly difficult to remember as they get more complex, it’s still possible for hackers or other third parties to crack them. To improve security and provide a better consumer experience, many companies and sectors are … Continued

What is a VPN?

A VPN stands for a Virtual Private Network. You’ve probably heard about it a lot in the news recently, as concerns over security and privacy mount. It’s essentially a way of building your own, secure mini-network, a separate entity from the wider internet itself. VPNs allow people to share and receive data on a secure, … Continued

What is a digital signature?

Our signature is our unique identifier. For years and years, the autograph was the ultimate prize for anyone looking for a personal memory from a celebrity. A quick look at a famous person’s Wikipedia page will often show you their signature on the right-hand side. Can you guess who these belong to? Answers at the … Continued

How do I turn off location tagging on my smartphone camera?

Did you know that when you take a digital photograph, it’s possible that it can pinpoint exactly where you were in the world when you took it? That’s because every time you take a digital photo, the image file also contains something called EXIF data. EXIF data stores all sorts of other things to help … Continued