The Benefits of Biometric Technology & How It Protects Your Identity

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Biometric technology is rapidly expanding as a trusted, secure means of personal identification. (Photo courtesy of pexels.com)

The following guest post on biometric technology was submitted by James Daniels.

The utilisation of biometric technology to identify individuals has been in use for years all over the world. As technology continues to advance, biometric technology is also advancing.
Biometric technology refers to the ability to identify an individual based on their unique physical characteristic, behaviors and patterns. Most often biometrics can identify an individual through their fingerprints, the physical structure and characteristics of their face, thru the utilisation of iris and retina scans, and more.

If this sounds a bit ‘Brave New World’ to you, you are probably not alone but there are many benefits to the utilisation of biometric technology. Firstly, biometric technology can protect your identify and keep you safe from fraud, wrongful accusation of a crime, and identify theft, just to name a few.

Here ‘s a quick list of how biometric technology protects you and your identity on a daily basis:

 Positive and accurate Identification-since biometrics relies on two different types of characteristics for identification, physical and behavioral, it provides the most accurate identification means possible for things like driver’s licenses, passports and other government issued ID’s.

Because biometrics relies on physical and behavioral characteristics of the individual, they cannot be duplicated, forged, or replicated, thus giving you, the consumer and individual, protection against fraud, identity theft and more.

If you live in the UK for example, and you are preparing to apply for your driving license, you will have to firstly, prepare for your testing, and once you pass through all the requirements you will be issued a drivers’ license that contains biometric technology.

Top Tests is an online preparatory site dedicated to ensuring that anyone setting up for a license in the UK is aware of all the necessary requirements to become legally licensed to drive across the UK. Once you pass through the requirements and are officially legal your driver’s license will contain biometric data that is specific to you and only you.

 Highest level of security-biometric technology offers the highest levels of security and safety to the public through protecting individual identifies, passwords, security clearance and access levels with regard to employment, and more.

If you live in the UK or you are planning a visit to the UK for longer than a 6 month period, you will be required to apply for a biometric residence permit. Not only will your biometric residence permit confirm your identity but it clearly delineates your ability to work legally in the UK, and it also guarantees access to any government benefits that may be available to you.

The advent of biometric technology and identification purposes in our daily lives is something that is clearly beneficial to ensure accuracy and protection for individuals across the world.
As we continue to see the internet boom, technology must continually adapt to ward off would be identify thief’s hackers, and people who are intent on stealing people’s identities for their own benefit and worse yet, to destroy and attack others.

James Daniels is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics. jdwrites93@gmail.com 

What the Biometrics Boom Means for Mobile Device Security

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Mobile security is undergoing fundamental changes with the introduction of biometrics on smart devices.

The following guest post on biometrics for mobile device security was submitted by James Daniels.

The mobile biometrics market is booming. The global biometrics system market is projected grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.79 percent between 2016 and 2022, expanding from $10.74 billion to $32.73 billion. Demand fueling this growth will be led by the financial sector, the healthcare industry, government initiatives and law enforcement. Fingerprint recognition is currently the most popular biometric technology, finding its most widespread application in the travel and immigration sector, but other technologies such as facial and voice recognition are expected increasingly gain currency as well. Here’s a closer look at the biometrics boom and what it means for your mobile device security and lifestyle.

The Rise of Mobile Biometrics

Mobile biometrics has been on the market since 2007, when Toshiba introduced fingerprint scanning for the G500 and G900. It hit the mainstream in 2013, when Apple introduced Touch ID for the 5s. Since then, fingerprint recognition has become standard issue for security on mobile phones. Today’s leading contemporary smartphones like the Apple iPhone 7 include fingerprint recognition and increasingly support other biometrics identification methods.

Biometrics identification now encompasses a growing array of methods, including fingerprint recognition, vein recognition, hand and finger geometry readers, handwriting recognition, iris scanning, voiceprint reading, electrocardiogram recognition and DNA scanning. While these methods vary, they all follow a common pattern. First, a sensor is used to input the user’s identifying information. Next, a computer analyzes the information and translates it into a code or graph for storage. This stored information is then compared with the identifying information of users attempting to log in to authenticate or reject them.

Fingerprint recognition is the most popular form of biometric identification, and will remain so for the foreseeable future, Juniper Research anticipates. But voice recognition and iris scanning are also becoming important, and the future will see new forms of biometric identification. Researchers are currently trying to develop biometrics systems based on electroencephalogram reading.

Why Biometrics Is Booming

Security needs are driving demand for biometric identification systems. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress mandated the use of biometrics in U.S. visas, setting the stage for travel and immigration to become today’s biggest application area for biometrics. The threat of identity theft has also led the financial and healthcare industries to adopt biometrics as an authentication method. For instance, financial institutions are adopting biometrics as an authentication tool for transactions in order to prevent identity theft and fraud. Similarly, hospitals are adopting biometrics as a safeguard to prevent unauthorized access when nurses log into computer systems to access patient records.

How Biometrics Secures Your Mobile Device

In the consumer sector, biometrics is being used to prevent identity theft and fraud by securing mobile devices from unauthorized access. As hacking software has grown more sophisticated, passwords have become outdated as a sole means of securing devices. Security experts now recommend that passwords should be supplemented by other means of securing devices, such as a PIN number, an approach known as two-factor or multi-factor authentication. Biometrics are one way to implement multi-factor authentication.

Using biometrics for multi-factor authentication has appeal as well as some drawbacks. Features such as fingerprints and iris patterns are unique and impossible to guess, unlike passwords. However, just like passwords, biometrics cannot be relied upon as a sole means of authentication. For one thing, biometrics records can be stolen and duplicated, exhibited when hackers stole over five million federal employee fingerprint records from the Office of Personnel Management. Mythbusters has demonstrated that fingerprint record scanners can be fooled by duplicated fingerprint images. Fingerprint recognition can also be thwarted by hand injuries or changes due to conditions such as arthritis. So biometrics can be used to strengthen passwords, but should not be relied upon as single-factor authentication method.

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Because biometrics will become increasingly important as a second authentication method, guarding biometrics records will become as important as guarding passwords and PIN numbers. Hackers will target biometrics records databases for identity theft, and consumers and businesses will need to take steps to secure such records in order to maintain the effectiveness of biometrics identification.

Consumers and companies will also need to become educated in best practices for using biometrics, along with the limitations of the technology. For instance, a smudge can thwart a fingerprint recognition scanner. And because biometrics is not intended as a single-factor authentication tools, users will need to be trained not to rely exclusively on fingerprint recognition to secure their devices.

James Daniels is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics. jdwrites93@gmail.com

Why is Iris Recognition Biometrics Becoming Dominant?

Iris recognition is a biometric modality which captures a photo of the eye pattern, converts the photo to a binary template and then saves the data to a server for future matching. Iris cameras are used to recognize an individual’s unique identity by analyzing the random, unique patterns which visibly appear inside their eye from a certain distance. It utilizes multiple technologies including optics, statistical conclusions, pattern recognition, and computer vision.

Iris recognition biometrics is widely considered to be the most accurate biometric modality among those currently available in the market. A recent Twitter poll we conducted asked what the public feels is the most reliable biometric modality and results indicated that most people trust the reliability and accuracy of iris recognition technology over any other biometric alternative.

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How Body Guards Use Biometric Technology on the Job

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What are some of the most common uses of biometric technology by bodyguards?

The following guest post on the use of biometric technology by body guards was submitted by Jason Mueller.

The idea for biometric scanners and biometric technology has been around for decades and people have been recording fingerprints for more than a century, but this technology has advanced dramatically in the past 20 years along with the advent of computers and more capable electronics. Today biometrics are used for computer access, to screen employees, to secure buildings and for many other purposes. They’re highly reliable, and cost-effective to use. Even personal body guards are putting biometric technology to use during their jobs.

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5 Factors to Consider in Choosing the Best Biometric Modality

The success of a biometric system often depends on choosing the right biometric modality, but it isn’t easy. Careful research that includes rigorous comparisons of modality strengths and weaknesses is an important element to help select the right hardware. Factors to consider in the comparison may include: specifications, convenience, usability, acceptability, effectiveness, and budget.

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Choose the right biometric modality

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Which is The Most Reliable Biometric Modality?

We recently conducted a Twitter poll: “What is considered to be the most accurate biometric modality among the following options?

We received a large number of responses from our community reflecting the following results:

  • 58% chose iris recognition
  • 32% chose fingerprint
  • Palm vein and facial recognition both got 5% of the votes

It’s interesting that people immediately gravitate towards iris recognition as the most accurate biometric than other modalities, with only fingerprint as a distant second. What is the reason behind the result?

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The best and most practical biometric modalities for individual identification

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Why We Love Biometrics (And You Should, Too!)

As biometric technology deployments continue to spread around the world, we are witnessing a historic shift change in how individuals identify themselves in a variety of settings. We are entering a digital era where the use of passwords to provide access to and security for a host of services has become intertwined in everyone’s lives. However, relying on passwords to secure our identities is increasingly becoming a security risk whereas biometrics has proven to be a more secure and convenient way of self-identification to secure our information without memorizing truckloads of numbers and characters. Biometrics also offers additional benefits such as improving workforce management, more secure online banking, more efficient and equitable government service distribution, and increasing patient safety in healthcare – all examples of why you should embrace the use of the technology to protect your individual identity.

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25 popular biometric terms

 

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The Top 5 Uses of Biometrics Across the Globe

Uses of biometrics across the globe is on the rise.

From border and immigration control to identifying criminals to time and attendance in workforce management, the practical uses of biometrics are growing rapidly.

Over the years, we have seen steady upward growth of biometric technology across the globe for myriad reasons but mostly due to the fact that personal identification and authentication is considered more and more important. From border and immigration control to identifying criminals to time and attendance in workforce management, the practical uses of biometrics are growing rapidly.

Many businesses consider biometrics to be applicable for government use only but they are quickly learning that the applications of biometrics extend far beyond the government use exclusively. In this post, we will discuss the top 5 uses of biometric technology across the globe — places where the technology is used to create more security and convenience for everyday citizens.

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Infographic: How A Biometric Time Clock Improves Workforce Management

Employers all over the world are constantly seeking software solutions which can eliminate employee time theft to increase payroll savings, boost productivity, and create more accountability. Employee time theft costs U.S. companies alone billions of dollars each year simply because a proper workforce management system is not in place.

A biometric time clock is a viable solution to eliminate time theft and improve workforce management. The following Infographic demonstrates why biometric time clock deployments are increasing and what benefits employers can expect to see post implementation.

 

Biometric Time Clock Improves Workforce Management

 

 

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The Top 5 Biometric Associations and Regulatory Bodies Around the World

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Biometric Associations and Regulatory Bodies around the world

People around the world are more concerned about their security. Everyone wants to ensure proper security at home, in the workplace, on their borders, and other common places. Once upon a time establishing a “secure” environment meant individual identification was checked manually, but those days are dwindling in favor of automated systems that rely on biometric credentials. Biometric identification has emerged as a stable, secure method of individual identification that offers higher security than traditional methods which include passwords, personal identification numbers (PINs), or identification cards.

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