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Biometric security, what is it and do we want it?
More and more these days manufacturers are installing biometric security systems into our devices. When you consider that your gadgets now need part of you to work does this make us safer?
Biometric security works upon measurable physical aspects of a person that can be stored on a system and automatically checked. Biometric security ranges from voice recognition to retinal scans. This of course means that our gadgets are safer as only our eyes or finger prints will be able to power on the device. But when you think about it does that also make us safer?
The current method of gadget protection is to instill a security password which can be any length and any variation of letters and numbers as we see fit or can remember. If we were in a situation where someone wanted to have access to our gadget they would have to retrieve that information from us or the device would not work and that would be the end of it.
With biometrics we have no need to remember or create long complicated passwords as we simply push our finger on the device and it will start for us and only us. However, if someone wanted access to our devices they wouldn't need to get the password off us they could simply apply our finger to the device either persuasively or forcefully. Worse yet they could apply our biometrics without us being in the same room though that is a non-appealing scenario.
Biometrics devices are an available optional security setting but as they advance more and more devices will feature biometric activation devices. Considering the differences in methods used to obtain access to our devices against our will (which is the whole point of locking them) which one seems more appealing?
Personally I will be sticking with my multitude of passwords and codes to keep my gadgets out of the hands of others. What do you think? Let us know on our Facebook page.