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You might hold the secret to data security in your finger

< 1 minute read | By Jack Waby | May 30, 2024

You might hold the secret to data security in your finger

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In today’s digital landscape, safeguarding data – whether that be business documents or personal information – is paramount. Historically, passwords have been the primary method for securing sensitive information however their effectiveness is increasingly questioned.

Recent reports indicate that while many individuals continue to rely on passwords, a small but growing number are adopting biometric technologies such as fingerprint recognition. This reluctance to shift is understandable given widespread concerns about data privacy and security.

But what are biometrics, and why should they be considered a more secure alternative to passwords?

Biometrics utilise unique physical or behavioural characteristics such as fingerprints, facial features, or iris patterns to verify identity. Unlike passwords, which can be forgotten, stolen, or hacked, biometrics offer a higher level of security.

There are concerns about the potential for biometric data breaches but such incidents are rare and require significant effort and expertise. Biometrics provide robust protection against cyber threats, being much harder to replicate than passwords. Additionally, they offer unmatched convenience: instead of remembering complex passwords, a simple scan of your fingerprint or face grants access.

For those not entirely convinced by biometrics, another promising solution exists: passkeys.

Passkeys represent a modern approach to authentication, using unique codes for each individual that are highly resistant to phishing attempts (deceptive attempts to steal login credentials). Combining biometrics with passkeys can significantly enhance your business’s security measures while simplifying the authentication process for employees.

While passwords have been a reliable security tool in the past, it is time to adopt more advanced and secure methods of authentication.


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