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There are many types of finger scanners. Can they all be easily fooled?

Doctors 'used fake fingers' to clock in for colleagues at ER

Biometric clocking-in machines are thought to be foolproof. But some Brazilian doctors find they can pretend their colleagues are at work by using silicone fingers.

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Why your eyeball is the future of passwords

NFC keys, and fingerprint and eyeball scanning are all new technologies being developed to enable users to better log in to a mobile device. Molly Wood demos some of the newest techniques that could finally kill the password.

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Molly Wood and Jeff Cannata unbox the Google Chromebook Pixel and the I'm Watch from Mobile World Congress. Plus, we torture-test the Google Nexus 10 and checkout the future of log-ins and passwords.

Episode 30: Unboxing Google's Chromebook Pixel

Molly Wood and Jeff Cannata unbox the Google Chromebook Pixel and the I'm Watch from Mobile World Congress. Plus, we torture-test the Google Nexus 10 and checkout the future of log-ins and passwords.

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Cyborg tech rises at Mobile World Congress

This year at MWC 2013, technologies that bring humans and circuitry closer than they've ever been before were in ample supply.

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At last, a password protection drive that could star in a "Mission: Impossible" movie.

Biometric USB password key worthy of 'Mission: Impossible'

Unsatisfied with regular old USB password protection devices, myIDkey kicks things up a few notches with biometrics, Bluetooth, and voice search. It even self-destructs.

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Shared tablets could benefit from multiple user profiles identified by facial recognition technology.

FTC releases guidelines for facial-recognition use

Among its many recommendations is that companies should be transparent about collecting data and what the information is used for.

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Report: Apple in talks with Microlatch on fingerprint tech

Reports suggest that Apple may be working with Australian firm Microlatch to incorporate fingerprint technology into mobile payment systems.

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Features missing from iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is a nice step forward for Apple, but there are still a few features we won't see until iPhone 6.

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Forget passwords. Your palm could be key to security

At IDF 2012, Intel shows off a "palm vein" detector that could someday get you into your work files or your online bank account.

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Privacy hawks fret as FBI upgrades biometrics capacities

The agency is going ahead with a $1 billion upgrade of its biometric technology.

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Why you should be worried about facial-recognition technology

Germany has issued an ultimatum to Facebook over privacy violations. Law enforcement is interested in this sort of technology, as well. It's time for you to pay attention to what they're doing.

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Near a wide, meandering road with meticulous landscaping, a single unmarked front door in an unassuming beige building in a rather average office park leads to some of the most closely guarded secrets of the Internet.
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The door buzzed and we stepped inside and were signed in by the 24-hour security guards seated behind protective glass. Immediately, I noticed that it was no ordinary lobby. The small room had all the signs of a guaranteed defense: the guards, security cameras watching, and each door protected by keypad access. We had passed the first of many outer gateways to access the Symantec SSL Certificate Vault.

Inside Symantec's secret SSL Certificate Vault (pictures)

A beige building in an average office park leads to some of the most closely guarded secrets of the Internet.

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