Password: “I love you”, which means that Your Heartbeat is used as a Password!

Lovers celebrated by literature have often witnessed the unique character of their passion. Romeo knows only Juliet and he could even identify her in the midst of a thousand girls. Today’s science explains the reason for this loving magnetization because, quite simply, our heartbeats are unique and can be used to identify us.

More generally, as faithful and sincere lovers know, fingerprints, voice tone, iris of the eyes and probably any part of the body can be used for biometric authentication and serve to prove its own identity.

Also, according to recent research from the New York-Binghamton State University, to access his cell phone, his bank account or open the front door, biometrics is adding heartbeats to the list of all conventional means of identification.

As portable health devices that monitor everything from blood pressure to respiratory rate become more and more used, it is necessary to be able to transmit health data electronically to health laboratories.

During the data transmission process, the content of the message is vulnerable to cyberattacks, which can harm the medical data of the users. As the mobile health devices collect the patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG), these heartbeat data can be re-used to help increase the safety level. This has the advantage of being relatively inexpensive and consumes less energy, which is important when working with devices with low energy consumption.

Although the heartbeat can accelerate or slow down, the ECG has a unique signature, as does a fingerprints, based on the structure of the heart itself. But these unique patterns are also modifiable because a person’s ECG changes with his or her physical activity, mental states (such as stress), age and other factors. A study is under way to obtain better algorithms to mitigate these influences and to make ECG-based encryption more robust and resistant to these variabilities.

Telemedicine, which is in full swing, could use this technology to secure vulnerable medical data. So, one day soon, your heartbeats will join your fingerprints, the look of “revolver eyes”, or that of languorous eyes, as many other keys in a world where the number of locks is constantly growing. See also www.smithsonianmag.com/

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