Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Cloud

Since the introduction of smartphones with advanced capabilities, a debate has raged over whether to trap information, including biometrics, on the device or make it available everywhere you are, by placing it in the cloud.  Having lost a cell phone during a business trip in Chicago, I’m not certain that I ever truly embraced the on-device only mantra.  Still, the early influencers and industry leaders such as Apple and Samsung, along with security alliance organizations such as FIDO all proclaimed …

The future of retail payments and biometrics…

“That will be two bits, sir.”  Remember the old movies where the newspaper salesman would say that to a customer fishing in his pockets for a quarter?  As for me, I’ve never liked the way loose coins jingle in my pocket as I walk.  It just seems so silly to carry quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, given the value they represent is so nominal.  But the annoyance pays off when I happen upon a bell-ringing Santa and his donation bucket.  It feels …

Privacy versus Anonymity – The Price you Pay

Protecting one’s privacy is a concern for everyone.  Yet in today’s environment of mobile devices and 24/7 electronic communication it’s virtually impossible to not feel exposed and somewhat vulnerable to the potential of someone or something compromising your privacy. There was a record 13.1 Million victims of identity theft in 2013 (Up 26.1% from 2012). That’s a new victim every two seconds. Our society requires that we share our personal information with others and we do so every time we …

The Breach Goes On…

Did you hear about the Russian hackers that have stolen over 1 billion passwords and user profiles?  It demonstrates the over-arching driver for biometrics.  Passwords aren’t just dead…they are a liability.  Of course, we have all known this for some time, IBM stated such in 2012; but the gravity of the situation is mindboggling and alarming.  Nothing is secure and that means what we, as a society, have been using to “secure” things is truly useless.  The password did serve’s …

The Apple / IBM Partnership is a Validation of BIO-key’s Vision

The Apple / IBM partnership is a great validation of BIO-key’s vision and ambidextrous device plus cloud approach. Why? Because the Apple-IBM partnership is all about the tighter integration of IBM data analytic services and apps with Apple’s devices, design capabilities, and most importantly, cross-device continuity for business services.   The new Apple Swift development platform seamlessly moves a user between mobile and a desktop or tablet, blurring of the lines between device, thus I can start a task on …