Yes, we have to admit that at the rate technology is improving; the cybercrime is too increasing at the same pace. It’s directly proportional. Don’t you think so? Yeah it is!
So what’s the reason behind it? The reason is simple. Hackers also are taking help of this so-called technology and working hard. And why not, they are earning their livelihood with that. And for some people it’s their passion to hack everything.
So tell me how you keep your sensitive information of your business or personal things secured? Is it a password? Then there are a lot of reasons your data can be hacked by rivals if you’ve not set the optimum range of password capability. Even if you’ve set, there is chance!
But the biometrics technology is something different which is almost impossible to hack unless you are kidnapped!
To put it simply, Biometric is the combination of two Greek words—Bios and metric. These two words denote life and measurement.
So what biometric technology is supposed to do is—it measures your uniqueness for verification process; because every human being holds a unique set of biological and behavioral characteristics.
Even if a micro amount of changes detected by the system, it will not let you access the information. And if you’re eying something big and trying to breach the security; it could land you behind the bars.
Yeah, you can’t fool it!
Though some hackers have successfully hacked the fingerprint technology developed by Apple Inc. for their IPhone 5S; But not now! Yes, the technology is getting more sophisticated and more secured in each passing time.
Now you can set your body odor as your password! Yes, this is possible and called as—Olfactory Biometric.
So not only finger print is used—there are many others parts or behaviors of our body which can be used for the authentication process. See below what are they?
The biometric techniques are normally coming under two categories such as
Confused between verification & identification? Well, we will first know what the difference between these two is.
Verification: Verification represents that—you are the person who are attempting access in the system. Means, the system checks is this the correct characteristics or not? If not, no access inside!
It is the answer to—“Are you who you say you are?”
Identification: Identification is—the system reveals your identity from a number of persons after completion of a full searching process in the database.
It is the answer to—“Who are you?”
Now we’ll go to different Biometric Techniques. See below…
This biometric technique uses your body parts for the authentication process.
Here the technology checks whether the pattern of that colored, ring-shaped membrane (iris) in your eye is matching or not? This is because—every person’s iris is unique. This is claimed to be the most accurate biometric scanner. But it’s too costly!
This is one of the oldest and most common recognition techniques. Fingerprint biometric technique uses the patterns of the friction ridges and valleys found on surface of the top of each finger.
Facial recognition technique takes your facial pattern or features to judge whether you’re authorized person or not? This is possible because each and every person in the earth holds a unique face pattern.
Retina blood vessels in our eyes are also unique to each other; that’s why it is used as the medium of securing valuable information or gadget from danger. Like iris scan, it also provides a high degree of accuracy.
Though the majority part of our DNA doesn’t differ from person to person, still 0.10 percent remains unique in each person. And even this minute portion is enough to judge you as the original or duplicate. This is basically used in the criminal investigation and paternity testing.
Here the ear plays the role in investigating your authenticity if you are the fake or real person. Yes, the ears! And it is said to be a better biometric tool than fingerprint.
Hand geometry defines the total shape of our hand—means how much is the width and how much is the height etc. But the accuracy in this biometric technique is lower than other techniques because the hand shape is not that much unique.
Behavioral biometrics technique measures the characteristics of human being which are acquired over the time naturally & not the inherent physical characteristics.
Here the system recognizes your typing style and speed and if matches, it allows you to access inside. Yes, typing patterns are unique and there are a lot of factors which are taken into account while authenticating.
Here your vocal behavior is judged and if it gets matched with the original one which is in the database kept previously—it will let you access the system. It is successful because the voice differs from person to person.
Ever tried to copy other’s signature? And what’s the result, are you successful? A big NO—you can’t sign same to same as the original! Speed, pressure, trajectory—everything is measured. This is what signature recognition is.
This technique measures your walking style and confirms your authenticity. And moreover you can’t fake the system by slowing or speeding your walk.
As nobody is 100 % perfect & ideal in this world—these biometric techniques also don’t provide 100% accuracy. But, if we see, this is far better than the so-called password and PINs. And not to mention the current uses & popularity of the biometric security system—it’s widely used for border security, airport security, schools, offices, forensic departments, blood banks, cars, buildings and in many others places.
So, have you locked any of your important information or things using this high-tech biometric technology yet? If yes, then share with us how’s your experience with this technology. Do you feel secured now or still not satisfied?