Using a fingerprint to unlock electronic devices and even homes is very common these days. Fingerprint security is incredibly convenient, but is it more or less secure than using a pin or password?

It turns out fingerprints are more like usernames than passwords: they’re unique, static, and identifiable as belonging to you.

We dive into some of the vulnerabilities you need to be aware of with biometric security, and the best ways to protect your devices.

Topics discussed:

00:00 – Intro
01:20 – 3 Core Problems with Fingerprint ID
02:33 – How Fingerprints Can Be Stolen
03:52 – The Threat of Masterprints
04:40 – Current Safeguards
05:15 – Your Rights Don’t Cover Your Fingerprints
06:02 – Are Fingerprints Stored in a Database?
07:31 – Is a Pin more or Less Secure?
07:44 – Tips for Securing Your Devices
09:41 – In Summary

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Permanent Record – Edward Snowden

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State – Glenn Greenwald

What has the government done to our money – Rothbard

Naomi’s Privacy Bag: some of my favorite products to help protect your privacy!

Use the Brave browser!

USB-C to ethernet adapter:

Lightening to ethernet adapter:

Faraday bag (signal stopping, to protect your fob, credit card, computer, and phone)

Data Blocker (if you’re charging your phone in an unknown port, use this so that no data is transferred)

Computer privacy screen (use your computer in public? Keep your information safe! Choose the size right for your computer)

Phone privacy screen (don’t let people in public see your private data, choose the size for your phone)

Camera cover (for computers and phones, so no one can access your camera without you knowing)

Privacy Tip: Turn off your wifi and bluetooth when you’re not using them!!! (or don’t use them at all)