Now that all of the tech you use everyday is spying on you, and hackers cracked the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S, it’s time to go big or go home when it comes to security. So forget two-step verification and fingerprint scans — ante up with an iris scanner.
Wanting to bring the same technology it uses in the private sector to the home consumer, EyeLock, a company that develops eye-scanners for security checkpoints, has created Myris, a mouse-sized device that scans the iris to verify a user’s identity. The device plugs into a computer’s USB port and users simply pick it up, flip it over and hold it up to their eye as an access authenticator for accounts and locked files.
Think the Myris is just another gimmicky security measure? Don’t roll your eyes just yet. According to EyeLock, a fingerprint has a roughly one in 10,000 to 50,000 chance of giving a false positive, while an iris’s odds are closer to one in 1.5 million. Verify with both eyes and those odds jump to one in 2.25 trillion.
“ iris, as a human part of the body, is second only to DNA in terms of its ability to authenticate someone with certainty,” Anthony Antolino, chief marketing officer for EyeLock, told Mashable. “No two people on the planet have the same iris texture. Not even identical twins.”
Myris is compatible with Windows PCs, Macs and Chromebooks. Antolino said EyeLock eventually wants to ebed the technology directly into computers and other devices so users won’t have to pick up a tethered component. In fact, the company has already created a proof-of-concept that utilizes the same iris-scanning technology embedded along the top frame of a laptop. However, that tech still has a ways to go before reaching the market. Until then, EyeLock plans to release the Myris later this year, though price has yet to be determined.