Why Biometric Authentication is Better than Passwords by Alex Hunter

November 4, 2019

Given the range of system logins enterprise users and customers have to access every day, the process of keying in a password over and over has become not just an inconvenience but also a security risk. From banks and hospitals to campuses and corporate offices, the password is becoming an outdated form of login credentials for computer systems and facilities. Hackers, fraudsters and data thieves, for instance, are continually devising ways to steal passwords or circumvent the need to supply one to carry out their criminal activities. It’s no wonder then, that in a recent survey, 70% of American respondents find biometrics more convenient than passwords. All it takes is a single scan of the fingerprint, iris, ear, or face to detect and verify the identity of the user.

Biometric data rely on the measurements of key features on a person’s body or even their behavioral output, such as their signature or tone of voice. However, the most popular types of biometric data are physical: some examples are DNA, fingerprint, or iris patterns.

Why is biometric authentication a more secure alternative to the password, then?

Biometric authentication uses unique data 

This level of complexity and specificity—typically absent from most passwords—is crucial in keeping security high, especially since four out of five data breaches (81%) take place with the use of a stolen....

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