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One man demonstrates how a tiny digital chip implanted in his hand can be used to store access codes, authentication information and other useful data.

This post comes from Fahmida Y. Rashid at partner site Credit.com.

It was a moment out of science fiction. All eyes were on Kaspersky Lab researcher Povel Torudd as he sat center stage at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun, Mexico, recently, waiting to become a cyborg.

Torudd volunteered to have a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip implanted in his hand by a professional body piercer using sterilized tools, a marker to show where the chip would be inserted, a scalpel and an imposing-looking insertion syringe.

Within minutes, Torudd was done. No hysterics (except for a few of us in the audience) and lots of curiosity.

NFC implants, such as the one now in Torudd’s hand, can be used for a variety of digital-age tasks.

The chip can be used as a form of authentication in a multifactor authentication scheme. It can store digital logins or manage public encryption keys, according to Hannes Sjoblad of the Swedish Biohacking Association.

NFC implants can also be used for personalization and user configuration. Sjoblad outlined how the chip implanted in his hand can automatically reset his car’s seat and mirror settings to account for his larger physique after his smaller-framed wife drives the family vehicle.

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