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What are the Advantages of Biometrics?

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The biometric authentication and verification is essential to the modern technology landscape and is widespread in more ways than current users of it fully understand.

FREMONT, CA: Biometric verification is used in everyday lives like at the airport, at their doctor's office to ensure confidentiality of medical records, or for merely unlocking their phones to respond to a notification. Conventional biometric devices and their verification applications need physiological biometrics, such as face recognition and thumbprints, to open their services. There is a wide range of other biometric uses that are 'physical' and a growing acceptance of behavioral biometrics. 

Here are some examples of biometric authentication in modern-day tech and digital applications and their advantages.

High security and assurance 

Top 10 Biometric Companies in APAC - 2020Biometrics offers high levels of reliability to the providers that a person is real by verifying a physical, real-world trait as both something the user has and something the user is. Most of the user's passwords, PINs, and personal identifying information have been compromised with a data breach. The introduction of biometric authentication into the process adds to a roadblock for the fraudsters that only a real, authorized user can circumnavigate. A fraudster can know a person's dog's name and some lucky numbers from their online accounts, but they can't use their fingerprint to unlock an account if unable to provide it on the spot. Also, biometrics can only be given by living, breathing people; for instance, a robot would have a hard time passing an iris scan.

User experience is convenient and fast

Although the internal processes for biometric authentication are technical, it is easy and quick from a user's point of view. Placing a finger on a scanner to unlock an account in seconds is faster than typing out a long password with multiple special characters. Besides, forgetting a password is a common mistake for most users. But the chances of forgetting their biometrics are zero.

Non-transferable 

Biometric authentication needs its input to be present upon authorization. Physical biometrics cannot be shared digitally; the only way to use most biometric authentication systems is with a physical application.

Near spoof-proof

Biometrics like face patterns, fingerprints, iris scanning, and others is practically impossible to replicate, given the current technology. There is only a one in 64 billion chance that one fingerprint can match up exactly with someone else's. Thus, there is a better chance of winning the lottery than having the same fingerprint as a hacker trying to get into an account secured by biometrics. 

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