Let’s admit it, we’ve all done the peace sign pose in some of our photos. After all, it instantly makes us look “kawaii” in pictures. It seems like the time has come for us to move on from this pose because research suggests that it can be a safety risk.
According to Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII), it is now possible to copy fingerprints from smartphone pictures. Is that scary or what? Technology has advanced so much that a seemingly harmless photo can now be used to steal personal information. All it takes is for a hacker to copy your prints and use them to gain access to locked phones and tablets.
Robert Capps from NuData Security confirmed that “We shed physical biometric data wherever we go, leaving fingerprints on everything we touch, posting selfies on social media, and videos with friends and family. Much of this information can then be captured by fraudsters.”
He continued by saying, “Once biometric data is stolen and resold on the Dark Web, the risk of inappropriate access to a user’s account and identity will persist for that person’s lifetime.”
It looks like it’s high time for us to be more creative with our pictures and move on from the peace sign pose.