Biometrics have rapidly become part of our lives. From being a technology that we only used to see in movies, to the cutting-edge technology that we use multiple times in a day, it has become a force to be reckoned with.
To put it plainly, any metrics that are related to human features are called biometrics. The fingerprint and facial recognition facilities in the new iPhone are the perfect examples of biometrics. Biometrics can easily enhance a system’s protection by giving it a unique password that cannot be duplicated. It can also help law enforcing agencies catch and monitor criminals. It can control access of a person or many people to secure data and environments.
Assuming that you’ve put your finger on a fingerprint device, you must have somewhat of an idea of how biometrics works. To put it simply, a machine takes all your biometrics information, in this case your fingerprint and stores it in a database to be used later. Next time you walk up to the machine and place your thumb on it, the machine will take all the biometric information again and check it against the previous readings.
A biometric system is composed of three elements: • Sensor Taking the above example, this is the transparent piece of equipment where you placed your thumb. Basically, whether it’s a fingerprint machine or face recognition, the sensor inputs all the data. • Computer The computer stores the data. • Software this is where all the analyzing and comparing is done every time you walk up to a machine.
Everyone is amazed and delighted at this technology but the questions that nobody seems to be asking is: With all the protection that biometrics are giving to my system, is my biometrics data safe from hackers and stealers?
There isn’t much reason to worry as the software that comes with this technology is already geared up for any and all kinds of threats, but still, there are some common-sense security measures that you can adopt to keep your biometric data safe.
Now when you see the words “Strong Passwords”, it means passwords that are even stronger and harder to capture than the usual “Strong Passwords”, if you know what we mean. Basically, your passwords for your biometrics data MUST be even stronger than any other password that you have used anywhere else.
Another good way of keeping your biometric data safe is by keeping your software and firmware up-to-date. Anytime your device manufacturer or software manufacturer informs you about the latest security patch or software update, make sure you go for it immediately. Don’t stall and waste time. That is all the time a hacker might need to take all your data.
It’s not necessary to supply your biometric data every time someone asks for it. Try keeping a smart phone that doesn’t require fingerprint or facial recognition. Or, if it has the facility, it’s not necessary to use it. Make sure to disable facial recognition in your Facebook settings.
Biometric data can, without a doubt, help make the world more secure and safe. Just as long as people use these common-sense guidelines and keep the protection of biometric data a top priority.