Biometrics is a system of identifying individuals by their physical and behavioral characteristics. The person’s unique measurements are analyzed and recorded in a profile on the computer, which is used to confirm an identity automatically. Biometrics is known as a step above a regular password-protected security system. There are many ways that biometrics is proven to be effective at preventing hacking.
Unique Identification Process
The identification process of biometrics is based on a person’s unique features. These include fingerprints, facial features and retina patterns that are found in one person and not anyone else. Most of these features are impossible for identity thieves to recreate. This process is more secure than using traditional locks and keys. Anyone can have access to a lost or stolen key and pretend to be the original owner. However, it’s more difficult or impossible to steal another person’s retina or fingerprints.
More Secure Than Passwords
Many people make security systems more vulnerable by forgetting the passwords. They may write passwords down in their wallets or on their personal computers. Identity thieves look through people’s belongings, such as wallets, drawers and unlocked computers, and find these passwords easily. Memorizing the passwords is the only way to prevent these thefts, but many people are not able to memorize this information.
Using biometrics, there is no need to write any confidential information down where someone else can access it. Biometrics data remains the same because fingerprints and retinas don’t change. So, the data doesn’t have to be changed often like a password does.
Not 100% Guaranteed
Like with every security system, biometrics is not fully effective at stopping hackers. Some thieves are able to hold people against their will and force them to access secure systems. A few are able to fool scanning systems by using molds. Identity thieves are involved in a complex web of cybercrime, and each year, they are discovering new ways to breach security at homes and businesses.
Getting past a biometrics security system does not require someone to have the actual biological feature. As long as a person has the measurements available, the data can be used to trick the system. To prevent fraud, there’s an additional need for the close monitoring of people who use the system.
Also, biometrics still remains an ethical issue. The public is concerned about the invasion of privacy and the necessity of allowing computers to scan their body parts. Most businesses still prefer to use photo IDs, basic passwords or encrypted web pages to protect their information. In addition to privacy, there are the high costs of biometrics implementation and the rate of effectiveness compared to using traditional security.
Everyone has heard stories of hacking that affect a wide range of people from entertainers to regular online Web users. Hacking is known to affect the biggest names in businesses and compromise the accounts for millions of people. Biometrics is one method of preventing hacking that, despite its flaws, is popular and added as a bonus to any security system.
Guest Author: Kyle.
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