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Geektastic: New biometric gadgets read heartbeats, deploy minicams

Jay MacDonald

This week’s gadget beat features two new geek-tastic contenders in the ongoing quest for a foolproof card ID verification system that doesn’t involve collecting bodily fluids.
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Loss of e-reader risks ID theft

Fred Williams

It took about a day for me to figure out my e-reader had been stolen. Double-take: Along with it, the thief had grabbed the virtual keys to my credit card. As their tablet-like abilities increase, e-readers are becoming an ID theft hazard.
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Yay, hiss! Cards’ mag stripe ‘fingerprint’ may foil thieves

Jay MacDonald

Lovers of vinyl records know that a certain amount of distortion goes with them — a hiss that is specific to that record. In the wake of the big Scnuck’s grocery store data breach, a California security company found the same applies to the magnetic stripes on credit cards. It’s a discovery that may give credit cards a “fingerprint” able to thwart thievery such as befell Schnuck’s the grocery chain.
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Credit card receipts: Where do they go?

Fred Williams

When merchants dispose of credit card receipts, the dumpster or recycling bin is fair game. Is there a gap in protection waiting for ID thieves to find and exploit? Or is that moment of anxiety unfounded when you leave the “merchant copy” slip lying on the table?
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When it comes to Social Security cards, Mom’s always right

Aundraya Ruse

From the day my mother handed over my Social Security card to me, she warned me against ever carrying it with me.


If only I had listened.


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