Can you afford to forget your passwords? Yes, you can
Remembering passwords can be a tough challenge, especially if you use a string of letters and numbers to access your laptop, smartphone and other wearable devices. Thankfully, you can now use biometrics to protect your resources from unauthorized users.
According to expert resources, biometrics offer a higher level of security since it requires users to provide something that is a part of their person (fingerprint, heartbeat, ear shape and/or face profile) in confirming their identity. What are some of the biometrics that may help you safeguard your digital devices? Here are some of them.
Fingerprints remain to be the most popular biometric identifier. Considering the fact that a person's fingerprint is uniquely his own and is extremely hard to fake, using fingerprints in identifying individuals and verifying their identity can be extremely useful. The iPhone 5s currently uses this technology to keep the device safe.
Like fingerprints, a person's heartbeat is also very hard to fake. This is the logic behind the creation of Nymi, a wristband that detects your cardiac rhythm to validate your identity. By using this wearable device, you can access your computer, smartphone and other digital devices. You can even use it to unlock your car and your front door, access your texts, emails and status updates, and so much more.
Law enforcement has already used facial recognition for security purposes for a number of years. During recent years, however, facial recognition has gained several more applications. For example, it has been used to prevent voter fraud during the 2000 presidential elections, prevent people from obtaining fake IDs, as a security measure at ATMs, and to unlock software on mobile devices, to name a few.
You may not believe it but the shape of your ear can also be used to confirm your identity, as exhibited by the Ergo Android app. This app requires users to scan their ears and then stores the ear print on its database. When the user's ear is pressed against the screen, the app plots the points of contact and compares it with the one on its database for proper validation. The Ergo Android app is presently used in unlocking a phone but it can also be used for other purposes such as signing in to services or making purchases in app stores.
Passwords may soon become a thing of the past so be prepared to use your unique biological traits to validate your identity.