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

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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8 Benefits of Cloud-based Biometric Identification Management

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Does the cloud offer distinct advantages when using biometric identification solutions?

Cloud computing allows you to get on-demand, convenient, ubiquitous network access to shared configurable computing resources such as storage, networks, servers, services, and applications. More and more businesses are moving and integrating their biometric identification management systems to cloud platforms because of the many benefits this brings. These include:

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Three of the Best Ways to Guard Your Business Against Cybercrime

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Learn more about why biometric identification management is an important tool to help stop the growth of cybercrimes.

The following guest post on preventing cybercrime was submitted by James Daniels.

For businesses today, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly hot topic. As hackers and cybercriminals become more brazen, no business is safe from these online data thieves, who often have the power to tear a previously successful business apart. Since there is often no coming back from a large data breach, it is crucial for companies of all sizes to ensure that they implement only the best cybersecurity strategies and constantly update these methods in order to remain as secure as possible. We’ve listed some of the best modern and emerging new technologies for business owners and cybersecurity professionals to consider using in order to keep their business safe and secure.

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The Importance of Biometric Identification in Businesses

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The rising use of biometric identification technology in business indicates that the technology is playing a more important role to protect data and assets.

The following post on biometric identification in businesses was submitted by Simon Parker.

Biometrics have provided a more dynamic solution for business owners, who now have the ability to navigate various complications such as ID Swapping, undocumented access and the regular badge checking as well. Simply put, biometric systems are particular security systems that are integrated with human characteristics.

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5 Emerging Security Technologies To Consider For Your Organisation

The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Lucjan Zaborowski

A new role of security technology advancement is to have systems address more than just privacy and information confidentiality and include reputation and customer channels.

A new role of security technology advancement is to have systems address more than just privacy and information confidentiality

Every year it’s a common statement to say that cyber attacks and threats evolve with the evolution of technology. A more alarming statement that would more clearly portray the need for sophisticated security technology is that evolving cyber threats also intrude via firewall perimeters; they overcome SIEM detection & prevention systems (both IPS and IDS platforms). Malware is continuously evolving at great speeds. If security technology systems are not continually restructured, modernized, and updated, chances are that all security efforts currently implemented will go in vain.

According to www.cio.com , a new role of security technology advancement is to have systems address more than just privacy and information confidentiality and include reputation and customer channels. So while organizations are building flexibility, the need of the hour, therefore, is to prepare for future consequences and scalability for high impact security.

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Biometric Technology – the Future of eCommerce Strategy

The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Paul Simmons.

Biometric Technology in eCommerce

Biometric Technology has a particular significance in eCommerce of the future

Ecommerce has successfully penetrated into the daily routine of the common man for getting them access to reliable and cost effective products in comparison to those available in the local markets. The ease and comfort of online shopping has facilitated people to get products at home, whereas merchants have also explored these channels to endorse their products to revenue maximization.

Despite the benefits, the eCommerce industry has brought several insecurities to the table regarding the personal and confidential information of customers. The buyers are interested in placing orders online, but the fear of fraud often prevents them from doing so.

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Biometric Security Is Everywhere

The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Brent Whitfield. He is the CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc.

Biometric security measures — once considered science fiction — have started to invade our lives. A deeper awareness of identity and data theft has fueled the steady rise of biometrics — which can be any type of natural identification of an individual. Many mobile users now use fingerprint identification technology to login or to pay. And to counter data breaches in the healthcare industry, medical companies have started to adopt an array of security systems that use data from a patient’s fingerprint, iris, veins, or face to protect health records.

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The Nature of Biometrics

Biometrics is the use of identification traits such as fingerprints, hand geometry or face topology that links a person to his or her confirmed identity. To provide proper authentication, a biometric device has to have the following basic functionality and flow:

  1. capture of biometric imprint
  2. extraction of biometric characteristics
  3. creation and storage of a template
  4. comparison for authentication

Once we have proper authentication, we can use biometrics for detailed access control — whether it’s for physical locks, digital accounts, enrollment or surveillance.

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How Does Biometric Verification in Ecommerce Reduce Security Issues?

The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Alastair Brian. He is the writer from “FMEModules” – a brand well known for top of the line reliable PrestaShop Add-ons, themes, extensions and services. Follow him on TwitterLinkedIn.

Most e-commerce website users set passwords they can easily remember rather than using a secure authentication method like biometrics.

E-commerce is a booming industry where the main concern of every business owner is to provide the maximum level of comfort and security to consumers.

E-commerce websites have to confront serious security issues due to the vulnerability of online fraud, hacking, spamming, and theft of confidential data. The security of an online store is not only significant for the owners to run business operations smoothly, but it is more important for consumers to keep their personal and financial details secret.

In order to provide a secure shopping platform, eStores use different forms of authentication systems, and biometrics is considered the most effective of all. Unlike conventional authentication processes, biometrics does not require customers to set a password, keep remembering it and hide it from others.

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