Companies concerned about digital security, whether it’s keeping their own information safe from competitors and cybercriminals or keeping their customers better protected against independent threats, are beginning to consider biometric authentication. Biometrics, as the technology has come to be known, includes any measure of authentication or identification based on a part of the human body; these include fingerprints, faces, and any other unique body feature.
The thought of opening a door with a retinal scan, or of allowing customers to sign in using the pattern of their ears is futuristic. But is this really the progress we need on the digital security front?
Touch ID and face ID are already working their way into the mainstream, thanks to modern smartphone capabilities that allow them to be used. To be fair, they have some significant benefits over conventional methods of identification and authentication:
That said, there are weaknesses to relying on biometrics for your digital security:
The role of biometrics in digital security
Biometrics have strengths that conventional digital security measures can’t live up to, but we shouldn’t be considering them a full-fledged revolution. Instead, they’re the latest in a series of tools we should be using together to layer and solidify our collective security. As a general rule, no company should put too much stock in any one solution; it’s unlikely that any security solution we come up with is going to be foolproof, so we’ll need to use multiple solutions together for the best possible protection.
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