All You Need To Know About Biometric Technology, Including Its Safety

Fingerprint Identification

One significant technological advancement in the 21st century is biometrics. This technology has wide use in various industries, including the gaming industry. Gaming sites like utilize biometric technology to expand the range of gaming services to gamers. It is also worth noting that the identification system uses various metrics to identify specific, unique human features, which aids in verifying a person’s identity (ID). Such metrics include features that are unique to the individual, including the following:

    • Signature, handwriting, and smell, which are all fundamental to human identification
    • Fingerprint impressions
    • The geometry of a person’s veins
    • Behavioral features
    • Facial outline

Recently, biometric features like iris, facial, and fingerprint systems have taken over the use of patterns and passwords. Users no longer have to go through the daunting task of committing complex passwords to memory, as they can access their devices using their unique ID metrics.

Understanding How Biometric Technology Work

Biometric technology is not limited to the interaction between users and devices. There are other activities it performs. For example, in boosting security across the country, biometric systems help the police track and monitor criminal activities and book offenders. Detectives can solve criminal cases using blood samples and fingerprint-registered objects from crime scenes. In such cases, video footage helps them to analyze the situation and track down the suspect. Consequently, solving these cases no longer requires a prolonged duration. Interestingly, it has also helped law enforcement agents to crack down on cybercrimes and other related offenses.

Apart from its use in the crime world, doctors use biometric technology in forensic pathology to determine the cause of death and build a solid legal case; this may include genetic samples and retina scans. But in all, it is worth knowing how it works. When it boils down to the conventional biometric system, the following components come into play:

    • Software programs
    • A scanner
    • A computer

The scanner captures an individual’s biometrics and sends it to the computer for storage. Then, a software program runs the biometric detail against other records to get exact, complete information. No two individuals can have the same biometric records, including fingerprints. If you register your biometric data on your electronic gadget as a security feature, no one else should be able to access your device except you.

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Biometric Technology – How Safe is it for an Individual?

Irrespective of security and other advanced features biometric technology provides, there have been certain downsides to implementing this technology in our everyday lifestyle. For one, there is a tendency for hackers to hijack highly confidential data for personal gains. In most cases, programs with loopholes and data breaches are highly vulnerable. Other exclusive vulnerabilities serve as gateways to such violation of user data, including using people’s fingerprints or high-resolution image capture of someone’s ears. For this reason, you should take precautionary measures when outside your home.

Keeping Your Biometric Information Safe

Security is one main keyword when it boils down to implementing biometric technology. As a result, you should take measures that will keep you safe from security breaches; these include:

    • Storing your biometric record in a few locations with tight security systems. As such, hackers will not infiltrate your personal information easily.
    • Ensure to use strong keywords that consist of lowercase letters, uppercase letters, special characters, and numbers. With this feature, it will be challenging to access user data using brute-force attacks or guessing.
    • It is also essential for you to update your software when due. It helps reduce system vulnerabilities.

There is no limit to the application of biometric technology, as several inventions incorporate this unique system. Consequently, it creates a protected environment for people to interact with other individuals and electronic gadgets.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.