"And he causeth all, both
small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to
receive a mark in their right hand, or in their
foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he
that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the
number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is
the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred
threescore and six." Revelation 13:16-18.
Your next bank card might ditch
rubbish PIN numbers – and use your fingerprint to verify
your identity instead.
Banks are working behind the scenes
to roll out a new breed of "biometric" bank cards across
the UK, The Sun has learned.
These cards would use fingerprint scanning tech –
similar to Apple's Touch ID for the iPhone – to make
sure only you can use your bank card.
"What we're talking about is a
normal-shaped credit or debit card," said Howard
Berg, who works at digital security firm Gemalto.
"The big difference being on the right-hand side is a
little sensor, and that's designed for you to place your
finger or thumb," he told The Sun.
"Rather than having to use a PIN,
you put your finger on the card and it authenticates the
use of the card. It's the same for contactless."
PIN numbers are famously terrible at protecting you.
Chip-and-PIN was introduced in the UK
back in 2005, but technology has come on a long way
Having to memorise a four-digit number can be tricky,
and can often leave forgetful shoppers stranded at the
Thieves can easily snoop on you
entering a PIN code at a cashpoint, or install camera
systems that film you entering your details – making it
possible to create clone cards.
We've also heard reports about card
"skimming", where people use portable card terminals to
make contactless payments on cards inside people's
pockets – without their knowledge.
"The idea of using a four-digit
number to identify yourself is old-fashioned,"
"Ever been behind someone in a
queue that forgets their PIN? It’s embarrassing for
them, and it’s inconvenient for you. "I think the big
problem with PINs: one, you can forget them; two, you
can change it; and three, you can unfortunately be
subject to fraud."
For biometric cards, all you'd need
to do is head into the bank and register your
fingerprint on an Apple iPad.
They'd then be able to register that
fingerprint to your card. It would only be stored on the
card, and not on a central database.
Then when you turn up to a payment
machine in a store, you'd be able to place your
fingerprint on your card, verify your identity, and the
payment would go through.
"It’s under your control. No one has
access to your fingerprint. It’s on the card. If you
throw it away, if you shred it, if you lose your card,
no one can copy your fingerprint," Howard explained.
The fingerprint-scanning tech is
powered by the magnetic field of the payment terminal,
according to Howard.
And shops wouldn't even need to
replace their machines (unlike with the rollout of
contactless cards): biometric cards will work with
existing payment terminals.
So when can you get one?
Howard told The Sun that there's "an
awful lot of interest" in the UK from banks.
"Three or four banks are very
interested," he said, but declined to reveal which
banks were looking into the tech.
"I would say we'll probably see
some next year."In the next two to five years, we
wouldn't be at all surprised if, in certain countries,
they became mainstream."We wouldn't be surprised if the
UK was one of those countries."
There is not a more spine-chilling chapter in the entire
Bible than Revelation chapter 13. This chapter describes
the rise to power of a demoniacally inspired world
dictator, similar in nature to Adolph Hitler. He is
called “the Beast”, but better known as the Anti-Christ.
He uses a world financial system to control the people,
as no one can buy or sell unless they are linked by a
mark with the number 666 to this system. Thus this mark
in the body is known as the “Mark of the Beast.”
Although the Bible limits the “Mark” to economics, the
current rapid advancement of technology shows that it is
going beyond economics to a total world-wide
surveillance system; thus, the “666 Surveillance
System.” The Bible states that once a person receives
the 666 Mark, he is locked into it and cannot escape.
There has been endless discussion
over the last few years about how we’re heading toward a
cashless society and what that will mean. But never has
it been as close as it is now.
Numerous countries across the globe have begun actively
taking steps to limit the use of currency and are
rapidly initiating controls on its use.
In conjunction with government policies, some banks are
beginning to charge negative interest rates, actually
charging customers for depositing their money. Others
have begun refusing to allow that cash be stored in safe
deposit boxes. Across the board, banking institutions
and government are working hand-in-hand to shut down the
use of cash.
There are a number of reasons given for this, from
convenience to security, but the underlying motive
really is control. Bible prophecy makes it clear that a
large part of the 666 Beast system will be controls on
what anyone can buy and sell. With these moves to do
away with cash, we’re taking a giant step toward that
parliament approved a controversial
piece of legislation last week that
defines the country as the nation-state
of the Jewish people but which critics
warn sidelines minorities. The
government says the bill, passed in the
early morning hours, will merely
enshrine into law Israel's existing
character. Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu called its passage a "historic
moment in the history of Zionism and the
history of the state of Israel."
in time might sound like a flight of
fancy, but some physicists think it
might really be possible. BBC Horizon
looked at some of the most promising
ideas for turning this staple of science
fiction into reality. Ron Mallett has a
dream: He wants to travel in time.