The irony of this age of information technology is that the more there is for us to utilise, the more difficult it becomes to do so. There is so much information out there in the digital world that accessing what’s appropriate and reliable becomes a huge task. We end up wasting a lot of our time and energy only to find half-baked information. But the boon of technology is that it comes with the hacks to break it and utilise it. Google, the God of all search engines, provides numerous such ‘tricks’ to access its database better. Here are some relevant tips for the everyday user.

Use more keywords

Google hosts over a million websites, so help it help you by using more keywords – ideally no less than five. More keywords result in a more specific search, and therefore more appropriate results. Google uses your keywords to prioritise pages. This means that the pages containing most of your keywords will appear first. So the more, the merrier.

Find missing words

When you’re not sure of the keywords to use for your search, or you have forgotten phrases and their order of words, use the asterisk (*) in place of the missing words. Google will not only fill in the gaps but will also give you a specific result. For instance, typing lazy fox*fencewhen you can’t remember the entire phrase (the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog) will give you the result in the right order of words. This technique, called truncation, can be used even when you’re blindly looking for ideas.

Specify order of keywords

Google normally shows results for all the words in your search. For instance, brown girl in the rain would give you results for brown, girl, and rain. But when you fit your words in double quotation marks – brown girl in the rain – Google will only show results that have the words in that order.

Exclude words

When you want a more specific search, you can exclude results that Google would typically show for your keywords, by using the minus (-) symbol. For instance ‘red flower’ will give results of all red flowers but specifying “red flower” -rose will exclude roses from your search result. Keep in mind that this is not a ‘hyphen’. The symbol is placed next to the word that you want excluded and not in between the keywords.

Find words in URL

If you can’t remember the name of a website but are sure of certain words within it, you can use the command, in url: keyword. For instance, typing in url:yum will show you results for all the URLs that contain the word ‘yum’.

Search within a site

When websites don’t have a search engine of their own, you can use Google search to find results from that website alone. For instance, site:yourstory.com “social media” will show all results related to the keyword ’social media’ and only from YourStory. In contrast, if you type “social media” yourstory.com, (without the ‘site:’ command), only the first few results of the Google result page will correspond to the website.

Find related websites

You can find websites that have content similar to a website that you already know, by using the ‘related’ modifier. For instance, when you type related:wikipedia.com, you will find a list of websites that contain information similar to Wikipedia.

Find citation links

You can use the ‘link’ command to find all the pages that cite or link to a website. For instance, link:wikipedia.com will fetch you result of all the pages that have linked to this site.

Search for a file type

If you want your results to be of a particular file type such as pdf, poerpoint etc., you can use the filetype modifier with your keyword. For instance, “self-help” filetype:pdf  will produce results that are pdf files.

These tips are more effective when you use the right keywords, and to use the right keywords you need to have a clear idea of what you want to search for. Making your Google search more effective takes some trial and error but with the right tricks up your sleeve, you can take full advantage of it.  Happy searching!

Author:  Varsha Roysam

Source:  https://yourstory.com

Categorized in News & Politics

Google is a more powerful tool than most people realize. You can get much more refined searches with Google’s built-in toolsadvanced operators, and third-party extensions. You can also use it for some pretty cool stuff if you know the right tricks. Here are 10 of our favorite lesser known tricks and features.

10. Use Google to Search Certain Sites

If you really like a web site but its search tool isn’t very good, fret not—Google almost always does a better job, and you can use it to search that site with a simple operator. For example, if you want to find an old Lifehacker article, just type site:lifehacker.com before your search terms (e.g. site:lifehacker.com hackintosh). The same goes for your favorite forums, blogs, and even web services. In fact, it’s actually really good for finding free audiobookssearching for free stuff without the spam, and more.

 

9. Find Product Names, Recipes, and More with Reverse Image Search

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Google’s reverse image search is great if you’re looking for the source of a photo, wallpaper, or more images like that. However, reverse image search is also great for searching out information—like finding out who makes the chair in this picture, or how do I make the meal in this photo. Just punch in an image like you normally would, but look at Google’s regular results instead of the image results—you’ll probably find a lot.

8. Get “Wildcard” Suggestions Through Autocomplete

A lot of advanced search engines let you put a * in the middle of your terms to denote “anything.” Google does too, but it doesn’t always work the way you want. However, you can still get wildcard suggestions, of a sort, by typing in a full phrase in Google and then deleting the word you want to replace. For example, you can search for how to jailbreak an iphoneand remove one word to see all the suggestions for how to ____ an iphone.

7. Find Free Downloads of Any Type

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Ever needed an old Android app but couldn’t find the APK for what you were looking for? Or wanted an MP3 but couldn’t find the right version? Google has a few search tools that, when used together, can unlock a plethora of downloads: inurlintitle, and filetype. For example, to find free Android APKs, you’d search for -inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:”index of” apk to see site indexes of stored APK files. You can use this to find Android appsmusic filesfree ebookscomic books, and more. Check out the linked posts for more information.

6. Discover Alternatives to Popular Sites, Apps, and Products

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You’ve probably searched for comparisons on Google before, like roku vs apple tv. But what if you don’t know what you want to compare a product too, or you want to see what other competitors are out there? Just type in roku vs and see what Google’s autocomplete adds. It’ll most likely list the most popular competitors to the roku so you know what else to check out. You can also search for better than roku to see alternatives, too.

5. Access Google Cache Directly from the Search Bar

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We all know Google Cache can be a great tool, but there’s no need to search for the page and then hunt for that “Cached” link: just type cache: before that site’s URL (e.g. cache:http://lifehacker.com). If Google has the site in its cache, it’ll pull it right up for you. If you want to simplify the process even more, this bookmarklet is handy to have around. It’s great for seeing an old version of a page, accessing a site when it’s down, or getting past something like the SOPA blackout.

4. Bypass Paywalls, Blocked Sites, and More with a Google Proxy

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You may already know that you can sometimes bypass paywalls, get around blocked sites, and download files by funneling a site through Google Translateor Google Mobilizer. That’s a clever search trick in and of itself, but just like Google Cache, you can make the process a lot faster by keeping a few URLs on hand. Just add the URL you want to visit to the end of the Google URL (e.g. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://example.com/ and you’re good to go. Check out the full list of proxies, along with bookmarklets to make them even easier, here.

3. Search for People on Google Images

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Some people’s names are also real-world objects—like “Rose” or “Paris.” If you’re looking for a person and not a flower, just search for rose and add to &imgtype=facethe end of your search URL, as shown above. Google will redo the search but return results that it recognizes as faces!

Update: Reader unclghost kindly pointed out that we’re working with outdated information here—this trick is now built into Google’s UI! Just head to Search Tools > Type and you can choose from faces, photos, clip art, line drawings, and even animations. Thanks for the tip!

2. Get More Precise Time-Based Search Results

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You’ve probably seen the option in Google that lets you filter results by time, such as the past hour, day, or week. But if you want something more specific—like in the past 10 minutes—you can do so with a URL hack. Just add &tbs=qdr: to the end of the URL, along with the time you want to search (which can include h5 for 5 hours, n5 for 5 minutes, or s5 for 5 seconds (substituting any number you want). So, to search within th past 10 minutes, you’d add&tbs=qdr:n10to your URL. It’s handy for getting the most up-to-the-minute news.

1. Refine Your Search Terms with Advanced Operators

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Okay, so this isn’t so much a “clever use” than it is a tool everyone should have in their pocket. For everything Google can do, so few of us actually use the tools at our disposal. You probably already know you can search multiple terms with AND or OR, but have you ever used AROUND? AROUND is a halfway point between regular search terms (like white teeth) and using quotes (like “white teeth”). AROUND(2), for example, ensures that the two words are close to each other, but not necessarily in a specific order. You can tweak the range with a higher or lower number in the parentheses.

Similarly, if you want to exclude a word entirely, you can add a dash before it—like justin bieber -sucks if you want sites that only speak of Justin Bieber in a positive light. You can also use this to exclude other parameters—like excluding a site you don’t like (troubleshooting mac -site:experts-exchange.com). Check out our guide to tweaking your Google searches for more of these tips, and you can also find a pretty solid list over at weblog Marc and Angel Hack Life. Search on!

Source : lifehacker.com

Author : Whitson Gordon

Categorized in Search Engine

It was previously announced by Google that the newly developed digital assistant called Google Assistant will only be available for their newly launched Pixel phones. However, there are latest hacks and tricks on Android 7.0 Nougat that allows the non-pixel phones to download and make use of the said Google Assistant.

 Download Google Assistant to Android Phones

Many have been craving for the app aware and voice-controlled Google Assistant that eventually led the white hat hackers in finding ways to bring it to the non-Pixel phones. Although the digital assistant is available in Google Allo, still nothing beats the one that exclusively runs in the Pixel phones.

There are two ways to download Google Assistant to eligible handsets that run Android 7.0 Nougat such as Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Nexus, LG, HTC and others. According to Digital Trends, it is recommended for the users to have sufficient technical knowledge should they attempt to hack their respective phones.

To begin with, tricking Google servers is the first one to go. If the rooted phone has the 6.5.35.21 Google app or newer, Google servers are made to believe that the phone is a Google Pixel XL. Another thing is through using a flashable image which can be downloaded from XDA-Developer site. Full instructions can be found here.

On the other hand, Android 7.0 Nougat hacks and tricks on Google Assistant have apparent risks. These include bricking the device, warranty void that opens the door to malware attacks, messing up on the phone's camera and many others, thus, it's important to take the precautionary steps before attempting to hack the phones.

List of Eligible Handsets for the Nougat Hacks

So far, there are only nine handsets that are eligible for the Android 7.0 Nougat hacks. The list is consolidated by XDA-Developers and it includes the following: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, Moto G 2013 (Falcon), Moto G 2015 (Osprey), One Plus One and Lenovo VIBE K5.

Author:  Shunie Pearl C. Dela Cruz

Source:  http://www.universityherald.com/

Categorized in News & Politics

You might be aware of google flights. This travel search engine is capable of doing everything you would expect. It can locate flights according to your ideal time which may include inbound time outbound time and number of flights. It is based on the same technology that powers Orbitz and kayak.

This online tool is superior to any other human travel agent as the site includes all host of features that are difficult to imagine. There are few tricks involved while checking for the air tickets through google.

It is advised to use Google Flights on your phone where you may receive pop-up notifications informing you about the price increase for flight in the near future. These notifications may not be available for each and every route and you do not have any control over them after they appear. The trick is to predict the time to book the ticket before the prices may increase.

The best way is to search for the general region if you are not aware of the route or the destination. When doing so the map of the whole continent appears along with the prices. You can filter the options like duration of the flight, type of airline, and the fair.

If you click I am feeling Lucky button after opening the map within Google Flights. You just need to pick your departure spot than google will pick the destination based on your search history. The bar graph will tell you the flights with the lowest rates.

You can also notice the best combination of flights with price and speed. So you don't have to think about a layover or paying some extra amount for a nonstop flight.

Prices of all the flights are available every day for all thirty days in a month. The days with lowest prices are highlighted in green. You can understand the increase or decrease in the prices through the bar graph.

The tip bar helps you to understand the amount of money you may save in case you wish to fly earlier, later or from a different airport. You can compare the prices before making the final decision.

If you hit the button save the itinerary then Google now will track its prices. All this can be done through your mobile phone and you will receive messages about the latest updates.

Source : counselheal

Categorized in Science & Tech

Unless you’re living a life without technology, Google is used by almost everyone. Last month around 12 billion searches was made through Google by people all around the world.

Among the trillion of things you can find on Google, the developer team has also added some cool features and fun tricks in Google search which is hidden by default.

To enjoy those Google’s hidden features, you need to know some particular keywords/phrases (like ‘do a barrel roll,’ ‘Zerg rush‘) because Google exposes cool features only when you search for those specific phrases/keywords.

Funny Google Search Tricks List – 2016 Edition

Below is the collection of some cool Google funny tricks that’ll help to kill your boredom. So for what you’re waiting now? Just try all the below tricks and impress your friends!.

1. Google Old Look (1998)

Do you want to see how the Search giant Google sounds like in 1990’s?

Just type “Google in 1990” into the search box and hit enter. Boom! Now Google takes you to the past(1998) with the real results from the past.

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2. Zerg Rush

Wanna to play Zerg Rush game directly on search results page?

Just type “Zerg rush” into the search box and hit the enter button. Click O’s as soon as possible to win the game.

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3. Blinking HTML

Blink HTML is another funny feature added by Google team. Just type “blink HTML” in the search box and hit the enter button. Now you’ll see both the words ‘HTML’ and ‘blink’ starts to blink on the search results.

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4. Do a barrel roll

Wanna to roll the Google’s home page? Just type “do a barrel roll” in the search box and hit the enter button.

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5. Tilt

Do you want to tilt Google search homepage slightly? Just type “Tilt” in the search box and click on the I’m feeling lucky button.

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6. Play Pac-man

Pac-Man is one of the most popular games in 1980’s. In 2010, Pac-man celebrated its 30 Anniversary and Google was there to bring the Pac-Man game back.

To play Pac-man game on Google homepage, just visit this link: – Pac-man game

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7. Google Gravity

Do you want to experience zero gravity on your browser?  Then just visit this linkGoogle gravity to experience it. One fun part of this trick is that you can also browse the search results but in gravity style.

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8. Google space

This trick is similar to Google gravity but with little changes. Type “Google space” in the search box and click on I’m feeling lucky button.

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9. Google sphere

This trick will make Google search homepage into 3d sphere. Just type “Google sphere” in a search box and click on I’m feeling lucky button.

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10. Google Dance

Wanna to make Google dance for you? Just type “Google Loco” in the search box and click on I’m feeling lucky button. (or visit this link).

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11. Epic Google

This trick will make the Google search box to go big automatically. Type “Epic Google” in the search box and click on I’m feeling lucky button. (or visit this link)

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12. Google My Way

Would you like to impress your friends? Just visit this link googlegothic.net and enter your name in the box,  select font styles and then hit the enter button. Bang!!! Now you’ll see your name instead of Google logo above the search box.

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13. Google Mirror

Using this mirror trick you can easily create a mirror like effect of Google search. To do this, just type “Google Mirror” in the search box and click on the I’m feeling lucky button.

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14. Google Terminal

Have you ever searched the web via the terminal window? If not, then you’ve to check this out right now. Just visit this link Google Terminal, which lets you search the web using Google on the terminal window.

One fun part of this trick is that you can also easily visit those links that appeared in the terminal window by entering the number between 1 to 10.

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Eg: Entering the number ‘1’ will take you to the first link that appeared in the terminal window.

15. Annoying Google

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Do you want to freak out your friends? Then just visit this Site Annoying Google and set it as default homepage on your friends Computer.

So whenever he opens his browser, this annoying Google homepage will start to load, and if he types anything into the search box, the letters will be automatically converted into upper and lower case styles which are very hard to read and will surely freak out your friends.

Hope you like this post and don’t forget to share this awesome tricks with your buddies.

Source : tech-wiki

Categorized in Search Engine

Google search is hands down the most popular search engine on the internet. The engine was launched on September 15, 1997. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is currently the leading search engine worldwide with a market share of 61.9 percent in July. Last month, Google boasted a total 9.9 billion searches.

Even though Google is the biggest search engine in the world, not everybody exploits its full potential. Some tricks will allow users to optimize the results. Here are a few tricks to use Google like a pro.

Quotation Marks: Using quotation marks is pretty useful to find specific quotes. Google will find the exact phrase you typed between the quotes without changing the order or adding more words.

Using Filetype. To find a specific document, or information in a particular format, Filetype is a lifesaver. To use this trick you only need to type ‘Filetype:’ followed by the format. i.e Car Filetype:ppt. File types include ‘.pdf’ for PDF files, ‘.wav.’ and ‘.mp3’ for sounds recorded in specific formats, ‘.ppt for Powerpoint presentations’.

Minus sign. Sometimes some unwanted information will keep popping up on searches. The minus sign will exclude the word typed just after it. The only exception is words that use a hyphen.

Weather and Forecast. Google is the easiest way to find weather information online. Type ‘weather’ followed by the name of a city. Google will give you details on the location’s weather before the first search result.

Flight Status. Simply typing the airline name and its airplane name will show the flight information, status and an estimated time of arrival.

Calculator and Tip Calculator. Google built a calculator and a tip calculator on its engine. Instead of using a calculator you can type your expression in the search bar and it will give you the answer. As for the tip calculator, just type tip calculator in the search bar and it will display a calculator with an adjustable bill, tip %, and the number of people splitting the bill.

Timer. Google also features a built-in timer. Just enter the amount of time followed by the word ‘Timer’ and Google will display a timer.

Sunrise and Sunset. Simply typing the words sunrise or sunset followed by a location will display the estimated time of sunrise or sunset in the area.

Game Scores. To find out the result during a matchday of any sport just type the name of the team in the search bar. The engine will display the result of the team’s match as the first result.

Source : http://theusbport.com/10-tip-and-tricks-for-google-searching-like-a-boss/14712

Categorized in Research Methods

FACIAL RECOGNITION MAKES

sense as a method for your computer to recognize you. After all, humans already use a powerful version of it to tell each other apart. But people can be fooled (disguises! twins!), so it’s no surprise that even as computer vision evolves, new attacks will trick facial recognition systems, too. Now researchers have demonstrated a particularly disturbing new method of stealing a face: one that’s based on 3-D rendering and some light Internet stalking.

Earlier this month at the Usenix security conference, security and computer vision specialists from the University of North Carolina presented a system that uses digital 3-D facial models based on publicly available photos and displayed with mobile virtual reality technology to defeat facial recognition systems. A VR-style face, rendered in three dimensions, gives the motion and depth cues that a security system is generally checking for. The researchers used a VR system shown on a smartphone’s screen for its accessibility and portability.

Their attack, which successfully spoofed four of the five systems they tried, is a reminder of the downside to authenticating your identity with biometrics. By and large your bodily features remain constant, so if your biometric data is compromised or publicly available, it’s at risk of being recorded and exploited. Faces plastered across the web on social media are especially vulnerable—look no further than the wealth of facial biometric data literally called Facebook.

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Other groups have done similar research into defeating facial recognition systems, but unlike in previous studies, the UNC test models weren’t developed from photos the researchers took or ones that the study participants provided. The researchers instead went about collecting images of the 20 volunteers the way any Google stalker might—through image search engines, professional photos, and publicly available assets on social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. They found anywhere from three to 27 photos of each volunteer. “We could leverage online pictures of the [participants], which I think is kind of terrifying,” says True Price, a study author who works on computer vision at UNC. “You can’t always control your online presence or your online image.” Price points out that many of the study participants are computer science researchers themselves, and some make an active effort to protect their privacy online. Still, the group was able to find at least three photos of each of them.

The researchers tested their virtual reality face renders on five authentication systems—KeyLemon, Mobius, TrueKey, BioID, and 1D. All are available from consumer software vendors like the Google Play Store and the iTunes Store and can be used for things like protecting data and locking smartphones. To test the security systems, the researchers had the subjects program each one to detect their real faces. Then they showed 3-D renders of each subject to the systems to see if they would accept them. In addition to making face models from online photos, the researchers also took indoor head shots of each participant, rendered them for virtual reality, and tested these against the five systems. Using the control photos, the researchers were able to trick all five systems in every case they tested. Using the public web photos, the researchers were able to trick four of the systems with success rates from 55 percent up to 85 percent.

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Face authentication systems have been proliferating in consumer products like laptops and smartphones—Google even announced this year that it’s planning to put a dedicated image processing chip into its smartphones to do image recognition. This could help improve Android’s facial authentication, which was easily spoofed when it launched in 2011 under the name “Face Unlock” and was later improved and renamed “Trusted Face.” Nonetheless, Googlewarns, “This is less secure than a PIN, pattern, or password. Someone who looks similar to you could unlock your phone.”

Facial authentication spoofing attacks can use 2-D photos, videos, or in this case, 3-D face replicas (virtual reality renders, 3-D printed masks) to trick a system. For the UNC researchers, the most challenging part of executing their 3-D replica attack was working with the limited image resources they could find for each person online. Available photos were often low resolution and didn’t always depict people’s full faces. To create digital replicas, the group used the photos to identify “landmarks” of each person’s face, fit these to a 3-D render, and then used the best quality photo (factoring in things like resolution, lighting, and pose) to combine data about the texture of the face with the 3-D shape. The system also needed to extrapolate realistic texture for parts of the face that weren’t visible in the original photo. “Obtaining an accurately shaped face we found was not terribly difficult, but then retexturing the faces to look like the victims’ was a little trickier and we were trying solve problems with different illuminations,” Price says

If a face model didn’t succeed at fooling a system, the researchers would try using texture data from a different photo. The last step for each face render was correcting the eyes so they appeared to look directly into the camera for authentication. At this point, the faces were ready to be animated as needed for “liveness clues” like blinking, smiling, and raising eyebrows—basically authentication system checks intended to confirm that a face is alive.
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In the “cat-and-mouse game” of face authenticators and attacks against them, there are definitely ways systems can improve to defend against these attacks. One example is scanning faces for human infrared signals, which wouldn’t be reproduced in a VR system. “It is now well known that face biometrics are easy to spoof compared to other major biometric modalities, namely fingerprints and irises,” says Anil Jain, a biometrics researcher at Michigan State University. He adds, though, that, “While 3-D face models may visually look similar to the person’s face that is being spoofed, they may not be of sufficiently high quality to get authenticated by a state of the art face matcher.”

The UNC researchers agree that it would be possible to defend against their attack. The question is how quickly consumer face authentication systems will evolve to keep up with new methods of spoofing. Ultimately, these systems will probably need to incorporate hardware and sensors beyond just mobile cameras or web cams, and that might be challenging to implement on mobile devices where hardware space is very limited. “Some vendors—most notably Microsoft with its Windows Hello software—already have commercial solutions that leverage alternative hardware,” UNC’s Price says. “However, there is always a cost-benefit to adding hardware, and hardware vendors will need to decide whether there is enough demand from and benefit for consumers to add specialized components like IR cameras or structured light projectors.

Biometric authenticators have the potential to be extremely powerful security mechanisms, but they’re threatened when would-be attackers gain easy access to personal data. In the Office of Personnel Management breach last year, for instance, hackers stole data for 5.6 million people’s fingerprints. Those markers will be in the wild for the rest of the victims’ lives. That data breach debacle, and the UNC researchers’ study, captures the troubling nature of biometric authentication: When your fingerprint–or faceprint–leaks into the ether, there’s no password reset button that can change it.

Source : https://www.wired.com/2016/08/hackers-trick-facial-recognition-logins-photos-facebook-thanks-zuck/#slide-2

Categorized in Internet Privacy
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