You’re at a party and you’re about to take a ~fire~ photo with your squad but your hands feel awks. So what do you do?
You give the peace sign.
Hey, we’ve all done it! But according to Voactiv this cheeky, two-fingered pose puts you in serious risk of identity theft.
Apparently by exposing your fingers, internet scammers can access your fingerprints, kinda like how you can unlock your phone using your prints.
Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) found that fingerprints from photos taken nine feet away from the subject using a digital camera can easily be copied.
"Just by casually making a peace sign in front of a camera, fingerprints can become widely available," researcher Isao Echizen told the Sankei Shimbun newspaper.
"Fingerprint data can be recreated if fingerprints are in focus with strong lighting in a picture."
Erm, well that sounds pretty damn scary.
The NII are so concerned by their latest discovery that they’ve developed a film that can be worn on fingertips to conceal your prints in photos.
That was the good news, the bad news is that this new technology won’t be available for another two years.
So until then, either opt for awkwardly keeping your hands by your side or maybe just wear gloves in photos.
PEACE OUT! XO.