Id theft costs consumers millions of dollars a year. In many cases, recovering your good name and identity with your credit card companies and other financial institutions is a nightmarish hell. Most vulnerable are senior citizens who are easy prey for scammers.
The good guys, though, are fighting back with some new state of the art technologies. Two of them are heart rate scanning and facial recognition.
ID Theft: Heart Rate Scanning
Your heartbeat’s electrical rhythm is unique to you, whether you’re sitting still or taking a brisk walk, meaning that an electrocardiogram scan could authenticate your identity. ECG monitors are being incorporated into watches and wristbands, which can communicate with other devices via Bluetooth.
Some flagship Android phones are fitted with facial recognition tools. For example, Apple introduced Face ID for the most advanced iPhones and iPads. The technology, introduced in 2011, is now more advanced and secure.
The popularity of this tech can be attributed to a simple factor: Nearly all devices today — phones, tablets, computers — have cameras. A single image is sent to computer servers, encoded into algorithmic numbers, and then verifies the face.