Biometric authentication mechanisms began to be used in smartphones quite recently. Just six years ago, a fingerprint scanner appeared in iPhone 5s. Until then, there were some attempts to integrate fingerprint scanners by manufacturers, but none was successful. Over time, manufacturers have created new biometric authentication methods. Are they useful enough? Let’s find the answer together.
What Is Biometric Authentication?
Biometric identification – are fingerprints, retina scans, face or voice recognition, etc. All biometric authentication systems work according to the general principle: after registration of a new user, the scanner extracts a sample of a biometric feature, on the basis of which a biometric template is created. The template is entered into the database and stored with the user ID.
We are familiar with the idea of unlocking phones or tablets with a fingerprint. However, biometric identification is used in other places as well.
Biometric identification is at the very beginning of its development, but some APIs and libraries allow us to use biometric identification today. These include the BioID Web Service, KeyLemon, Authentify, and the Windows Biometric Framework API
The most common example is Apple’s Touch ID.
Back in 2013, Apple began to pay attention to data security: users did not want to protect their devices in any way. Enter PIN to unlock your phone. It is long and uncomfortable. After analyzing the situation, Apple decided not to force users to use lock codes. Instead, the company tried to simplify the unlocking process as much as possible, making it moderately safe. The main idea of Touch ID technology is not to make every single phone safer. The idea is to make security convenient enough and attractive in the eyes of users, increasing the prevalence of safe methods of locking devices. And the company achieved its goal.
Password Is Not Relevant Anymore
The most commonly used today are fingerprint and face scanners. According to a TrendForce analyst, in the coming years the growth of the use of biometric technologies based on face recognition and fingerprinting will increase in the following areas:
- public sector,
- financial sphere,
- corporate sphere
- consumer markets.
The best identification, like the best interface, is completely invisible. Therefore, an uncompromising goal should be to make identification invisible as well. That means that traditional password authentication – no matter how serious its functionality is – is not relevant anymore.
We believe that when biometric authentication will become commonly used – all information will become safe. If you are already thinking about this – we ensure you that it will happen very soon. In any case, continuing to work on the creation of services and investing in its convenience will make the future of identification more comfortable.