This Is Why You Should Never Flash The Peace Sign When Taking Photos

If you happen to make the “peace” sign whenever you take a photo, it’s time to consider changing your move. Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) warn that your favorite two-finger “V” pose may lead to… identity theft!

We all pretty much heavily rely on fingerprint recognition technology nowadays. Every single device that contains your personal data such as your smartphone and your tablet is using fingerprints to verify your identity.

But these high-end mobile devices and their super fancy cameras come at a cost. The NII researchers were able to recreate fingerprints accurately based on photos taken by the phones’ camera placed about nine feet (three meters) away from the subject! (the article continues after the ad)

“Just by casually making a peace sign in front of a camera, fingerprints can become widely available,” NII researcher Isao Echizen told in an interview to Sankei Shimbun newspaper.

“Fingerprint data can be recreated if fingerprints are in focus with strong lighting in a picture.”

That’s why, the NII has been developing a transparent film that contains titanium oxide that people can attach to their fingers and hide their prints!

But should you really worry?

Well yes, but as it turns out, it’s not that easy.

According to Jason Chaikin, President of biometric verification company Vkansee, it’s a complicated multistep process:

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Source: Japan researchers warn of fingerprint theft from ‘peace’ signYour selfies might be leaving you vulnerable to hackers

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