Using passwords just seems like an ancient idea. Trying to remember hundreds of passwords can be very annoying. As human mind is fallible, we may forget our passwords at times. Using password managers would be a good way to solve this problem, but even this system can be hacked and it is not as secure as most people think. So what is the solution? Is there any thing better to use? Yes. Biometrics security is a possible solution to combat this problem. It would be better than passwords when we are talking about security.
Biometric security measures your unique biological characteristics such as your voice, your face or fingerprint in order to authenticate and provide access to a facility or system. It would give you access to physical and digital resources like rooms, buildings and computing devices. So it has made it difficult for some one to break into a system. Generally, biometrics creates a safer environment and is much easier to use since it doesn’t need to memorize a set of characters.
What are the benefits of it?
We can consider the followings as the benefits of this system:
- It provides more convenience for users and it’s faster.
- Biometric servers need less database memory.
- Eliminates friction associated with traditional security measures.
- It is strong because biological characteristics are distinct.
Now with this explanation, can we say biometrics security is safe? On the surface, biometric authentication sounds like the perfect security solution. After all, you are the only person with your unique fingerprints and DNA. Comparing it with passwords, most people use the same password for all the sites they visit or they may change a number of it or add special character to it. Some people are so lazy that they use the most obvious passwords such as “abc123”, “12345”, “Password” and things like that. So if this is the norm of many people, certainly we can say that biometrics security is much stronger than passwords.
What are the risks of biometrics security system
Just like other systems, some drawbacks exist in biometrics security system.
It doesn’t mean that biometric authentication is unreliable, it can be reliable if another form of authentication goes with it. As your biometric identity is unique and cannot be changed, if it is stolen it is just like that your identity being stolen. Actually this system doesn’t recognize your fingerprints, it only recognizes the digital version of your prints which can be stolen like a password. When a password is stolen it is changeable, but your fingerprints, face, eyes or ears are not so.
Here are three major issues facing biometrics security.
1. Biometrics aren’t private
You know why? Because your biological characteristics are exposed. You reveal your eyes whenever you look at things. You leave fingerprints wherever you go. Someone can record your voice. Your image is stored in more places than you realize. So, there’s easy access to all these identifiers. But a password is private because you are the only one who knows it. Of course it is easy for hackers to find out it, but people can’t access it.
2. They are hackable
Hackers will access to your account if they have the picture of your finger, ear, face or eyes. You shouldn’t be sure about the security of an eye scan. Because hackers could deceive the Samsung S8 iris recognition system by showing the photo of a user’s eye to the lens.
3. More consequences exist in biometrics hacks
A hacked biometric would have much more consequences and can do more damage than a stolen credit card number. It can place just as serious a risk to your personal life and not just your digital life. As an example, it can be used to forge passports, legal documents, criminal records. Moreover, you can’t change your physical identifiers as i told earlier. For example you can’t get another eye if someone has photo of it.
Biometric companies should improve identification as they know these weaknesses are existed. For example requiring more than one fingerprint scan to improve accuracy, can prevent some weaknesses of biometrics.
Biometrics provide another level of security, but it’s not infallible. So it isn’t time to throw out your passwords yet.