Ned Hayes, our company’s GM, wrote this article recently for Technica Curiosa. Here, we repost the first section and provide you with a link to the full text.
We live in an age where personal information is difficult to protect, and passwords are far from unbreakable. Recently, IBM surveyed nearly 4,000 people and learned that 67% are comfortable using biometrics, and 87% would be comfortable using biometric authentication in the future. Millennials are particularly comfortable with biometric security, with 75% reporting that they’re at ease with today’s technology.
In fact, if you used a fingertip scan to log into your phone to read this article, you just used biometrics to verify your identity. From passwords to PINs to tokens, there are many ways we provide credentials, but no method has grown in popularity more than biometrics. Biometrics have steadily moved in to replace document-based identities such as a driver’s license, physical credentials like swipe cards used for secure building access, and especially the username/password system that’s been in use since the dawn of the computer age.
Biometrics are also the future of background checks. Instead of submitting documents and identity in person, you can enroll your biometrics through several nationwide systems to instantly prove and verify your identity. FBI channelers use biometrics for regulated purposes and retrieve a criminal background check in near real-time. Fingerprints can even now be used for on-the-spot drug testing.
Today, customers of all sizes are increasingly providing biometric identifiers for verification, authentication, access, and secure transactions.