Security is important, increasingly so considering the ongoing fight against cyber crime. However, passwords and thumbprint identification often bring with them more challenges than protection. Each one of us has forgotten a password and inevitably been locked out of an app or program because we guessed too many times. We need an ID method that is simple and convenient, but thorough. Retina scanning and iris scanning require sophisticated, expensive equipment that few situations require or can afford. The Genetic Literacy Project brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “‘Brain fingerprints’: Will semantic memory identification replace fingerprints and passwords?

There is a new candidate around – semantic memory identification. Based on the patterns of electrical signals that your brain puts out in response to hearing or reading words or phrases, this technology is akin to brain fingerprints.

It may sound a little Star Trekie, but keeping data secure while ensuring access is worth a little futuristic effort.

Melody K. Smith

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