Biometrics. By Rachel Borazio. What is biometrics?. Biometrics is a security measure used to identify physical features of people to allow access to a system. This typically refers to things like voice, fingerprint, hand, signature, facial and iris recognition. What do these do?.
By Rachel Borazio
Biometrics are used as a security measure to verify users on a network. They are commonly used on things as small as a personal laptop, and as big as high security organisations.
Biometrics are also usedas a supplement for swipe cards or keys. Fingerprint scanning has been introduced at Walt Disney World to allow access to frequent visitors. This is better than swipe cards or keys, as it prevents others from using their membership.
It has been argued that biometrics are an intrusive form of technology (mainly iris recognition) as it requires scanning of parts of the body.
There has also been worries about the risk of identity theft. When registering as a user in a system, the body part is scanned and kept in a database. A hacker could then hack into the system and obtain these scans and use them to his or her advantage.