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Forget alphanumeric passwords: all you need is the blood in your eyes

Forget alphanumeric passwords: all you need is the blood in your eyes

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EyeVerify is a new form of biometrics that identifies a person by the blood vessels in their eye.

Finding secure passwords is an issue of concern now that the majority of our lives can be accessed digitally.

There are more secure layers of password protection such as fingerprinting and iris detection. But these methods require the use of special hardware or specific lighting to make them work.

Now there’s an easier way that uses a smartphone and a person's eye.

EyeVerify is a computer application that can authenticate a person by reading blood vessel patterns in their eyes. All a user has to do is look to the left and to the right and snap a photo.

The company came up with the idea of using eye veins because they can be imaged with any type of camera and do not require any special lighting.

“We’ve been using passwords and tokens for centuries, and that worked centuries ago,” said EyeVerify chief executive Toby Rush in an interview with VentureBeat. “It failed us… We need something better.”

The program is extra safe because blood vessel patterns are unique to every individual. Rush thinks the app could be used as an extra layer of security when accessing healthcare, financial and “other high-security sectors.”

This summer, EyeVerify will start a number of test pilots of the product, giving the app a trial run in a different sectors. If all goes well, EyeVerify could be available in 2013.

The blood in your eyes may soon replace your passwords

Photo via flickr/rocknroll_guitar

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Amy Kraft

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Contributing Editor Amy Kraft is a freelance writer based in New York. She has written for New Scientist and DNAinfo and has produced podcasts for Scientific American's 60-Second-Science. She holds degrees from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure