Fingerprinting used to be a complicated affair, involving ink and paper and making actual prints. Well, okay, so it wasn't that complicated, but now there's a new camera that can take pictures of your fingerprints from 20 feet away whether you want it to or not.
Quantum cryptography may be theoretically secure, but in practice, there are certain limitations that allow clever attackers to read encrypted messages. A new system that ditches quantum mechanics for classical mechanics may prove to be even more secure, backed up by the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
BitTorrent has a reputation for only being useful for stealing media from impoverished conglomerates, but at its heart, the file sharing protocol is about the free exchange of information. Researchers at Delft University of Technology are getting ready to release a BitTorrent client called Tribler that adds decentralized anonymity into the mix, for free.
It's comforting to know that when the apocalypse does happen, we can repopulate the Earth from the survivors tucked safely away in their luxury condos deep inside a retired missile silo in Kansas. Interest in the "Survival Condo" has been so high that all units in this unique complex 174 feet deep in the Earth have sold out at cost of a cool $2 million apiece.
Trust me, all of your neighbors have already figured out that the password to your Wi-Fi network is the name of your cat, and they're busy pirating movies and software and when the MPAA breaks down the door you're the one who's going to a labor camp in Siberia. Don't let this happen to you, install wallpaper that keeps your Wi-Fi contained.
The use of biometric scans as a security measure is on the rise. We've recently talked about palm print scanenabled ATMs, and now there is a prototype door handle with a built in finger scanner.
It doesn't get much more futuristic than "universal quantum network," but we're going to have to find something else to pine over, since a UQN now exists. A group from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has tied the quantum states of two atoms together using photons, creating the first network of qubits.
Believe it or not, Japan's criminal underworld of the Yakuza made headlines recently in Fukuoka for a string of gangland style shootings. Now the tech-centric country has a literally bulletproof solution for its more iPhone-obsessed thugs.
We recently told you about how a study concluded that 50% of found cellphones are returned to their owners. That doesn't really speak to willfully stolen phones — a trend that's rising fast enough that major wireless providers are banding together to create a central database of stolen cellphones.
Our phones contain more personal information — from bank account numbers to personal texts and emails — than we've ever really carried around before. A security firm conducted a social experiment to find the rate of return on lost smartphones in an attempt to better security them.