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How can we develop a software that would only work if its in the hand of its original user, using the finger print technology, so that if it gets stolen or if anyone else tries to use it, they would not be able to do so?

Asked by sarah_neerjah1234 (42points) November 7th, 2007
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glial's avatar

If you have to ask…

ben's avatar

This kind of of science you’re talking about (often referred to as biometrics), where you need your own finger to use a device, or a retina scan, gives me the heebee-jeebees. Here’s why: if someone mugs me and wants to steal my phone, they now also have a motivation to cut off my finger. Yes, I know it’s morbid but it’s a real concern with this kind of technology. I don’t want anyone to have any reason to steal parts of my body.

As far as developing software, you could write it yourself if you’re a developer or find other companies that specialize in it. Just think carefully before you go forward.

bpeoples's avatar

Another thing to remember, in general, is that anyone can devise a cryptographic system that they themselves cannot break.

This is why it’s fairly important when dealing with things like cryptography to hire someone who actually knows what they are doing (and has other people who know what they are doing to check their work) to handle them, rather than trying to “roll your own” crypto.

Perchik's avatar

another thing to keep in mind, if there’s only one person or a couple of people who can access the software, then if something terrible happens and those people die, then who can use the program?

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