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Can biometrics replace passwords

Infobip : 22 January, 2015  (Technical Article)
Infobip explains the role of biometrics as a secure authentication method if used with a second identification factor
Can biometrics replace passwords

Enterprises are constantly striving to create efficient verification systems that prevent hackers accessing sensitive personal data. This is with good reason, as we’ve seen a host of security breaches in the past year, raising fresh concerns over privacy. However, new research by Visa this morning suggests consumers are keen to shun passwords entirely in favour of biometrics as an easy and secure way to keep their data safe. This sends a clear message to enterprises that whilst new and improved methods of security are important to ensure personal data remains safe, they must be moulded around the needs of their customers.

Biometric solutions are of course one option, but they are not currently so easy to implement, especially for internet players with a large, international user base. The key message from Generation Z is that they want simple and reliable security. So, even though biometrics are at the forefront of technology and are perceived to be immune from security breaches, this may not always be the case. If hackers develop ways to bypass biometric security, and this is all that stands between them and a wealth of personal data, then the solution is no better than existing passwords. There’s a growing need for multiple layers of security.

Although biometrics may have inherent security benefits and be more user friendly than remembering multiple passwords, one layer of security is never enough. Multifactor authentication such as SMS-based (2FA) can add a much needed extra level without impacting user experience. It requires no more than a mobile phone of any type or generation to add this extra layer of security through global SMS connectivity to deliver one-time PINs.

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