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As more industries make use of so-called blockchains, which are really just digital ledgers for storing data, the high-profile Ronin theft has raised new concerns about just how effective existing blockchain safeguards and protocols are at protecting the digital wallets of millions of crypto traders.

A lot of clever features have made Wordle popular, say two Northeastern experts.

Self-scanners—like this one at an Amazon Go Grocery in Seattle—are part of a larger trend that is overhauling the U.S. job market. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images

Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

By marrying financial services with cutting-edge technology, fintech is meant to inspire the development of new companies by people and communities that have been shut out of the traditional financial system. But the industry is falling woefully short in creating opportunities for women, according to a global survey managed by Susanne Hannestad, a Northeastern graduate. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

Corey Bober and Zack Smith are the co-founders of Jobble. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Northeastern and Mayo Clinic, one of the top-rated hospital systems in the world, will combine faculty expertise in a new management degree to prepare learners for the healthcare industry's coming tech revolution. Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

Recent graduate Jessica Huang, who earned her entrepreneurship and marketing degree this year, created an app to help shoppers find the right fit when buying clothes online. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Better not, say two Northeastern scholars of law and marketing. While consumers may benefit from the convenience of touch-free checkout, it's not always clear what a company will do with consumers' biometric information once it has it.