Are passwords passé? Is that a good or bad thing? Devices have already started to recognize your fingerprints and profile but one thing to consider is that when someone steals your password you can just change it, but if someone steals your fingerprints…well…you might be up a creek.
The most popular use of biometrics are Apple’s fingerprint recognition which started with the iPhone 5s in 2013, and Microsoft’s facial recognition feature that emerged with Windows 10. By the end of this year, it is estimated that about 650 million people worldwide will be using biometrics. However, as mentioned earlier, the stakes with biometrics are higher than with passwords.
Jennifer Lynch, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation warned one online publication that when biometric data is stored in large amounts, that information is at risk, and the stakes are higher because we can’t change our fingerprints or faces the way we can change passwords at the drop of a hat. Some think that biometrics should stay in the banking and military worlds, but not be used in all applications for life, simply because they are more convenient than having to remember passwords. Pippa King has been campaigning against the use of biometrics in schools especially because she believes kids needs to be taught more about the importance of their biometric information before using it. If a 5 year old’s bio data gets compromised at a young age, that could mean bad things long into their future.
One possible solution is to use biometric data that is more secret than fingerprints or faces. Heartbeat identification has been seen as something that is more secret, but really any security system isn’t perfect. Do you plan to use biometric security in the future?
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