Digital Fingerprinting And Touch Screens

Morning Coffee Report:1-26-20

Digital Fingerprinting And Touch Screens

By Linda Farneth

I read an article this morning from Mozilla Firefox discussing the dangers of digital fingerprinting, which is defined as a type of online tracking that beats that of the old fashioned cookies that collect data on your clicks and other online choices while you are visiting a website.

Firefox writes, “A digital fingerprint is created when a company makes a unique profile of you based on your computer, software, add-ons, and even preferences. Your settings like the screen you use, the fonts installed on your computer, and even your choice of a web browser can all be used to create a fingerprint.”

But what about collecting actual fingerprints when people use touch screens? Now before you get paranoid or think that I am being paranoid, I’ve found no evidence that this is going on or if it is possible without a biometric identity system. At least that is what I thought then I came across this article: Here’s How Hackers Steal Fingerprints From Your Phone.

Although the article states that fingerprints need to be obtained through a special device it still illustrates how the use of these devices can be hacked.

Will the day come when a hacker can access any touch screen from within and somehow gain a clear photo copy of our actual finger prints? I’m sure it will happen one day. In the mean time, I’m seriously thinking of inventing a glove to navigate touch screens.

Note: I have no affiliation to any of the articles linked in this article and make no money whether you click on them or not!

Well that is this morning’s thought for the day.

Now as far as weather here in Colonial Beach the Weather gurus say that we will see temperatures in the low 50’s reaching 52 for a high. Southwest winds will be a mild 3 to 8 mph.

Monday evening will be partly cloudy and the temperature will dip to 31.




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