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11 Reasons Fingerprints Just Won't Cut It Anymore

"It's a match!" Although way better than your numerical passwords, fingerprints have their faults. So if you really want security, get 1U — the system that combines liveness and multiple biometrics to give maximum security.

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The fingerprint has been the primary force in identification for over a CENTURY.

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But, it's actually not perfect perfect.

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WHAAAAAAA?!?!?!

1. First of all, let's put it out there: It's possible for you to have the same fingerprints as someone else.

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Some scientists suggest it's possible that similar fingerprints can appear within families. And in a world where The Parent Trap happened twice, anything's possible.

2. And transferring your fingerprint is a little sloppier than you might imagine.

The process requires some empirical observation — which, like, isn't ideal.
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The process requires some empirical observation — which, like, isn't ideal.

3. With that said, expert spoofers can design fake fingerprints with ease.

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Spoofing can happen at even the highest levels of government. In 2008, as a means of disproving the reliability of prints, German hackers published what they claimed to be the minister of the interior's print.

4. You can lose your fingerprints (and identity!) without really knowing it.

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Some drugs lead to erasure of the fingerprint.

5. Some fingerprints can be a bit too... err... seasoned.

Forensics experts suggest that as you age, your skin changes in elasticity, resulting in incorrect matching.
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Forensics experts suggest that as you age, your skin changes in elasticity, resulting in incorrect matching.

6. The more fingerprints gathered, the more likely a false match will occur.

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The FBI alone holds upward of 70 million fingerprints in its database — a number so large that skeptics question its foolproof reliability.

7. But never fear! There will always be a criminal on deck ready to steal those fingerprints.

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Worst of all, many courts require fingerprints to identify all criminal history. If a stack of prints goes missing, so does a bunch of other information.

8. Fingerprinting doesn't hold up in courts quite like it did in the good ol' days.

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As early as 2008, a Maryland judge threw out fingerprint evidence. The reliability has been under scrutiny since.

9. And just like within any field of research, experts can often see different things between the cracks.

Examiners can often come to different conclusions — a problem that proves cognitive bias can exist anywhere.
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Examiners can often come to different conclusions — a problem that proves cognitive bias can exist anywhere.

10. Put simply, it's behind the times. Even currencies are getting dolled up with "fingerprints" nowadays.

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Unique patterns on currencies made with nanowires can fight forgery. So no, you don't necessarily have to be alive to have a "print."

11. And... ICYMI... cats have 'em too.

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Don't worry. They draw the line at reading your texts.

Since fingerprints aren't enough, use 1U's biometric liveness authentication system for real security.