When it's actually available, the ability to buy stuff just by waving your phone or scanning your fingerprint is still pretty cool and futuristic-feeling. But in the near future, securely shopping online with your credit card might just involve something you already do a zillion times a day: taking selfies.
Following successful testing last year, MasterCard said it plans to roll out new "selfie pay" security technology in the US and more than a dozen other countries over the next several months. Basically, the new feature will work by scanning your face via your phone's camera to verify for your identity. Once "selfie pay" is available, it'll require a new MasterCard app that you'll use to take a selfie right after you enter your credit card information just like you normally do when buying something online, according to a report by The Verge.