Is Biometric Technology Secure?

Is Biometric Technology Secure?
April 30, 2019 Rechenberg
Is Biometric Technology Secure

As technology continues to advance, there is a greater acceptance of biometric technology. There is an even higher acceptance of this type of technology in certain sectors such as:

Healthcare
Financial services
Government
Law Enforcement
Commercial and domestic application

As  consumers get accustomed to this level of technology, there are many who still have questions regarding just how secure it is compared to the traditional “lock and key”.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions along with the answers.

What Is Biometric Technology?

This technology involves using biometrics, the unique physical traits of a person, in order to identify people.

For example, the first biometric identifier that was ever used was the fingerprint. However, there are more identifiers that have been added to the list like:

Handprints
Voice recognition
Eye scans

Biometric technology has received attention as an innovative part of security systems by replacing outdated security badges, passwords and standard locks and keys.

The primary advantage of using a biometric is that it is difficult, if not impossible, to duplicate.

Will A Scrape or Cut in the Finger Alter Biometric Security?

This type of technology is not affected by superficial changes such as a cut or scrape on the finger.

The typical template that is used to store a person’s fingerprint is not of the entire fingerprint. Instead, the template only contains identifying information.

So, what does this mean? There are several sections of the fingerprint stored so if one section of the finger has a physical scar, it will not affect the scan.

In addition, it is recommended that users take a finger scan from both hands in case the primary finger is covered with a bandage or is in a cast.

Are The Images Stored In Biometric Systems?

As previously mentioned, the images only contain digital representations of certain points of the fingerprint. This is the only part of the image that is stored.

This allows an added layer of protection because there is no fingerprint on the digital file that can be compromised.

Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) are commonly used in law enforcement, and this system does store an image of the fingerprint.

However, biometric systems that are used for security do not.

What Are The Benefits of Using A Biometric Security System?

These types of systems offer a very high level of security simply because authorized users do not have to memorise PIN codes or passwords, both of which can be forgotten.

The system also eliminates the need for smart cards and keys that can be stolen, lost, duplicated, or left at home, which offers great convenience. Have you ever heard of a fingerprint getting lost or stolen?

Although fingerprints can be lifted from glass surfaces, biometric systems have special technology to ensure the print is a real-time print from a living person, and photographs and plaster casts are rejected by the system.

Biometric home security systems are already on the market, and it will not be much longer before you will only need a fingerprint to enter your home.

Until then, a majority of people will still continue to use the traditional lock and key.

About Us…

At Rechenberg, we understand that keeping your family safe is the most important thing in the world.

And that keeping your assets protected can save a whole lot of unnecessary hassle and inconvenience.

Since 1971 we have been providing affordable and reliable Locksmithing and Security Services for the residents all over Bundaberg.

For more information about our services please call (07) 4150 1234 or send us a message on our website https://www.rechenberg.com.au/contact-us/

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