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You snap a vacation selfie with your fingers in a peace sign, and post it to your social media. It gets you likes, comments, all that good stuff. The next day someone breaks into your banking app. Someone just stole your identity, all thanks to that innocent little selfie! Researchers in Japan managed to scan and copy fingerprints from a photo taken about 9 feet away. Normal quality, fingerprints in focus, and some good lightning. That’s all it takes apparently!
The better the image quality, the easier it is. So, if you have one of the latest smartphones, you’re in the high risk zone. When someone gets access to your fingerprint, cyber bad guys can get rich off that kind of data. You probably use your thumb to log into apps, including your banking ones. That’s your money and personal info, up for grabs to the highest bidder. So, here’s how you can stop these fingerprint thieves and other essential tips to keep your data secure online!
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Miley Cyrus (wearing a Marc Jacobs top and skirt) at talk show appearance for Celebrity Candids at Good Morning America (GMA), Good Morning America (GMA) Studios, New York, NY July 15, 2013: By Derek Storm/Everett Collection/EAST NEWS, https://www.eastnews.ru/pictures/picture/id/30096187/i/16/t/24
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