Why Do People Use Biometric Security Systems?

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Rapid penetration of technology into our day to day lives traditional way of authentication and verification won’t help us that much anymore.  Passwords and PINs are so feeble these days that even novice hackers can crack them and get away with our private, confidential data. So demand for a robust authentication method was there. With the introduction of biometric security systems within the security industry have changed all these. Constant Network security breaches and identity thefts reports have now plummeted significantly. & why not as biometric security is the only way to prove a person’s authentic identity. Biometric traits including fingerprints, finger veins, and iris are unique and inherent, and they are so distinct that they cannot be forged or stolen by the fraudulent.

For IoT or Internet of Things, many devices and platforms whether it is your car, home, personal computer or business servers, are getting connected at a rapid rate daily. These devices or platforms communicate with each other regularly by sending and receiving data. It makes the system vulnerable to possible security breaches. Traditional passwords are not enough as they can be easily forged, copied or stolen. It is a must that another form of security needed which is more sophisticated. In this scenario, the biometric security systems make perfect sense because it is less susceptible to hacking and authentication is a lot less clumsy than typing in a password over and over again into each device.

Passwords were never enough. Yes, it was the thing once, but with the advent of new technology, it has lost its way. Even 2FA or two-factor authentication built on a weak foundation because there is still dependence on passwords. But many corporations believed it would be the answer to all the security breaches. It never did. People still use the same familiar characters in setting up their passwords like common phrases or their birthdays. The outcome is that 2FA authentication security is not enough. Additionally, 2FA authentication consumes a lot of time as one have to type their passwords and plug their hardware tokens into a device to enter an additional code. If anyhow the symbol gets stolen and falls into a wrong hand, they can easily access sensitive information.

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Biometric security systems succeeded because it is less susceptible to hacking and cannot be forged or stolen whereas passwords, pins, tokens have failed miserably. It is the most convenient and effective way of proving one’s identity. Many smartphones nowadays are using biometric fingerprint technology to lock, unlock, make secure payments, etc.

Similarly, companies are relinquishing the benefits of biometric security systems, by integrating into their server rooms, work computers, and other business assets to protect them from attacks. Distinguishing authorized individuals to unauthorized is one of the main reasons companies are adopting biometric security systems. This unauthorized personnel can cause harm if they get access to security systems. Additionally, for smooth workflow management companies need to know which employee has access to specific files, rooms, etc. Even companies want to learn about their onsite visitors and maneuver them to particular places by successfully tracking them. These things are now only possible due to biometric systems. Using biometric scanners, organizations can view each time a server room or computer is accessed and know the person. Passwords can be borrowed, and anyone can portray anybody if he/she has it. But fingerprint scanners will only allow the required person to allow access.

More companies & institutions are now embracing a biometric system for its convenience. Windows 10 marketed itself by showcasing biometric as an essential new feature added to its network. It enables authorized authentication as well as makes the process of logging into OS much faster. Not only technology companies are adopting biometrics but also other institutions, government agencies are as well. Stadiums, airports are implementing biometric scanners to allow visitors to sign in much faster than it was possible before. Users must be registered with the system beforehand.

The biometric security system is entirely a revolutionary breakthrough in identity management and becoming more accessible and affordable due to technological advancements. Biometric system, eliminating frauds from our society and establishing proper identity, will continue to dominate the industry for a long, long time.

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Abir Ahmed

Abir Ahmed is a digital strategist who enjoys reading, writing and learning about new technologies, content generating, and the Internet. Also he is pretty good in AAA gaming!