When was the last time you used your fingerprint for verification? Or used some sort of gesture or pattern to unlock any of your devices? There are high chances that you are using these biometric methods almost on a daily basis.
By biometric, we mean making use of technology to identify someone. Today, biometrics are not just limited to the use of producing national identity cards and keeping a national record, rather they are used for many purposes. The usage of biometrics has expanded into the arena of cybersecurity due to the increase in technological devices and of course, digital payments and other cybersecurity issues such as hacking.
Moreover, biometric identification does not only make use of fingerprints, but more characteristics of the human body can be taken into consideration. So if you have a fingerprint detector on your phone, that is just one example. As per the statistics, the biometric verification preferred the most by Americans is fingerprint recognition. And it makes sense, as every person has a unique fingerprint. But it doesn't end here. There are many more ways such as eye retina scan and voice recognition.
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In the future, biometrics are expected to only rise because they give hackers a much tougher time as compared to the classic passwords. Even if you have a classic alphanumeric password classified as 'strong', it can be more vulnerable than biometric identification. While biometrics can also be hacked, it is more difficult to do so because a lot of information would be required. The infographic below will give you insight into the biometric technologies and the statistics associated with it.
Infographic by: Zenesys