In the movies when someone wants to steal secrets from a competitor, they have to fool the face scanner and handprint scanner first to get into the vault. In real life, biometric security is much less impressive and it’s far easier to bypass it. Still, most people use it on a daily basis to do things like unlocking their phones, and 86% of Americans want to use biometric security to authorize digital payments. With all the new technologies available, pins and passwords may be becoming a thing of the past and biometric security may be the future.
Currently, the global market for biometrics is $14 billion, and 63% of Americans say they want to use fingerprint scanners on their mobile devices. Only 2% prefer voice recognition, but people seem to be more open to facial recognition than they are to pins and passwords.
When it comes to banking, 42% of people say they won’t use banking apps that lack biometric identification features. 70% of people say it’s because they are easier to use, while 46% of people say it’s because they are more secure. 80% of people use biometrics to unlock their devices and 48% use biometrics from their devices to make mobile payments. But are they really more secure?
Currently, biometric security on your mobile device uses both biometric markers as well as behavioral identifiers to ensure it’s really you logging in to pay for your coffee. If you aren’t at the right location or you’re using your device at a time you don’t typically, it could cause you to be locked out.
While hacking biometrics takes a lot more time than hacking traditional security, it can still be done pretty easily in some cases. Some phones with face unlock features have been shown to be able to be bypassed using a photo of the person on another phone, such as a Facebook photo.
Biometrics have limits, but there are advances being made every day. Learn more about the future of biometric security below.
Source: Computer Science Zone
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