First Direct and HSBC Will Offer Biometric Alternatives to the PIN

First Direct (you know, the one behind those annoying platypus ads) and HSBC have announced that customers will soon be able to access their accounts with their voices and fingerprints. By ‘soon’, we’re not talking about next year. First Direct will make the options available in March, with HSBC following suit in the summer. Read More >>

Emoji Passwords are Coming and They’re Harder to Hack and Easier to Remember

A UK company claims to have invented the idea of using a set of emoji to replace a PIN number, suggesting that our stupid brains find it easier to remember the silly drawing people face things -- and that the increased complexity of the emoji character set makes brute-forcing into our bank accounts substantially harder. Read More >>

A Simple Trick to Protect Your PIN From Thieves With Thermal Cameras

Thermal cameras were once expensive and bulky hunks of equipment that very few people could get their hands on. No longer. With FLIR's new iPhone case thermal imaging cameras are now both affordable and incredibly discreet, which means that evil-doers can use it to see the thermal signature your fingers leave on a keypad and steal your cash machine PIN. Here's a very simple way to thwart that. Read More >>

UK Cops Want Compulsory PIN-locks on All Mobile Phones

A taskforce of big-thinking police heads has asked Apple, Samsung and the other phone makers to think about making PIN-locks on phone the default option, to reduce the likelihood of and lessen the impact of theft. Read More >>