We’ve all done it. We’re at the airport, waiting to depart, and we can’t help but post a smug little photo of our airline tickets. Or we’ve just won $20 on a instant Scratchie and really need to tell our 500-plus Facebook friends all about it.
And we’ve all ‘grammed at least one photo of ourselves making the peace sign (#livingthedream).
We’re an oversharing generation, but what we don’t always realise is that by posting this kind of information online, we’re putting our identity and our financial security at risk.
According to Nick FitzGerald, a Senior Research Fellow at ESET, new research out of Japan has found that by posting a photo with your fingerprint visible, you could potentially put yourself at risk for fingerprint fraud in the near future.
"Because of the increasing use of this technology and fingerprints being easily accessible, there is a higher risk of fingerprint fraud being used to access private information," he says.
FitzGerald added that fingerprint fraudsters only need a "good enough" image of your fingerprint to use it for faking prints.