In this digital age we all know the importance of keeping your password a secret, but did you know that doing the peace sign may be revealing something super important about you?
Research carried out by the Japanese National Institute of Informatics (NII), reveals that when people make the gesture that they could actually be revealing their valuable biometric data.
According to Japan’s NII, hackers could soon be capable of recreating your fingerprint if the photo is clear enough and the lighting is bright enough, Mashable reports.
Yep, we have now reached a point with technology that hackers could be able to produce a 3D print your thumb that is accurate enough to gain access to your iPhone and steal all those sweet memes you had been saving for special occasions.
What a world we live in now… Joking aside this is actually pretty serious and could potentially allow thieves access to valuable personal information.
NII report that flashing the peace sign in a photo taken from less than ten feet away could be enough to reveal your biometric data. Thankfully most thieves lack the intelligence required to actually gain access to your phone in such a way so you shouldn’t be too worried about flashing the great Winston Churchill’s favourite hand gesture, just yet.
In fact, even for an evil genius it would take a considerable amount of time and effort just to gain access to a mobile phone, currently being about the only thing we use fingerprint verification for daily… Requiring someone to make an exact duplicate of your fingerprint.
Even the smallest imperfection in the duplicate print would render our hypothetical evil genius powerless to gain entry to your phone and ruin your sweet Reddit Karma, or change the info on your Tinder profile; and besides, most evil geniuses are too busy monologuing to get into your phone in the first place.