Forget Passwords: Use Biometrics for Computer Security

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computer securityCan 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

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.

Heartbeat

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.

Facial
recognition

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.    

Ear
shape

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.