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Highlights from WIRED security: Post-Show Roundup

The brightest minds gathered at the Wired Security conference to share their ideas how to protect against threats online in the future.
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Biometric security can boost cryptocurrency’s reputation

There’s a reason digital currencies like bitcoin have developed a nefarious reputation. Built on blockchain technology, activities are transparent but completely anonymous. Despite these concerns, banks and financial institutions are taking a closer look at the real possibilities of digital currencies, but they must first review and strengthen the core of their security and authentication measures. One reason for the lack of liquidity is the extent to which a market allows assets to be bought and sold at stable prices, and mainstream resistance is the high risk of identity theft.
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What Can We Learn From Equifax?

Everyone and their mother is talking about Equifax these days, but there’s a good reason why. When it comes to data breaches, few compare to the damage that has, and has yet to, come from information leaked. And yet it still seems that many enterprises, in every sector, aren’t taking away the right message from this attack — if they’re taking one away at all.
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CT blockchain start-up enables free banking in Uganda

Wala, a Cape Town-based blockchain start-up, is gearing up to roll out zero-fee banking services to the unbanked and underbanked in Uganda. It has partnered with Veridium, a biometrics firm specialising in identity authentication through the use of mobile phones. Together, the two companies are partnering in a challenge to drive the use of biometric identification in financial services, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Proving Identity All From The Palm of Your Hand

Veridium, a leader in strong authentication using biometrics, has recently collaborated with South Africa’s blockchain start-up Wala to bring universal and affordable financial services to emerging countries in Africa. Veridium is the first company to develop a multi-finger touchless biometric authentication system that works on unmodified smartphones.
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SA’s Wala partners Veridium to pilot biometric banking authentication

South African blockchain-powered financial services startup Wala has partnered biometric authentication company Veridium for a pilot programme in sub-Saharan Africa to demonstrate a new digital banking model that will bring accessible, zero-fee banking to this population.
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Veridium launches partnership and pilot to deliver financial services to underserved populations

Veridium has announced a partnership with South Africa-based financial services platform Wala to provide universal and affordable financial services to countries with emerging economies in Africa, beginning with a pilot program in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Veridium Announces Major New Features For 4 Fingers TouchlessID

Veridium has announced two major new features of its 4 Fingers TouchlessID fingerprint scanning solution. One is a new capability of exporting fingerprint scans for matching against those taken on traditional scanners. In other words, fingerprints captured through a mobile camera – with 4 Fingers TouchlessID capable of simultaneously capturing four in a single snap – can be matched against those held in government databases, a potentially important feature for deployments involving background checks and criminal investigations.
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Veridium Adds Liveness Detection, Export Feature to 4 Fingers TouchlessID Solution

Veridium has announced two major new features of its 4 Fingers TouchlessID fingerprint scanning solution. Veridium Adds Liveness Detection, Export Feature to 4 Fingers TouchlessID SolutionOne is a new capability of exporting fingerprint scans for matching against those taken on traditional scanners. In other words, fingerprints captured through a mobile camera – with 4 Fingers TouchlessID capable of simultaneously capturing four in a single snap – can be matched against those held in government databases, a potentially important feature for deployments involving background checks and criminal investigations.
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Veridium Partners with Blockchain Outfit Wala to Target Africa

Veridium, a leader in strong authentication using biometrics announced today its partnership with Wala, a South African-based, blockchain-powered financial services platform for the unbanked and underbanked, to bring universal and affordable financial services to emerging countries in Africa.
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