Thursday, November 06, 2014

Fugitive in PA used unprotected WiFi routers; password managers based on biometrics come onto the market

A couple of alarming or interesting stories came out today. One is that fugitive Eric Frein, who had hid out in northeastern Pennsylvania for over a month, had used open WiFi routers in the area to get Internet access (as well as solar cells for power).  Apparently this refers to homes with routers wirthour passwords, or weak passwords, or without the usual encryption.  The AP story, in the UK Daily Mail, is here
And Molly Wood, in the Personal Tech column for the New York Times, “Machine Leaning”, p. B6 Thursday, writes about “augmenting your password protected world”, with new devices that you “log in to” with biometric identification.. Hoyos Labs (link ) will offer IU, a facial recognition app that will manage your passwords and log on to sites for you – but you have to use the app rather than your browser inn a normal way. The article also describes EyeLock (link ), an IRIS scanner that looks like a hockey puck, that you can’t afford to lose. The link for the story in here

The idea that facial recognition could be really reliable sounds amazing to me.  It seems so easy for appearance to chance – with age for openers.  Or by weight loss, as with Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightwatcher”. 

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