Biometric security presents a physical risk

Metaratings
11 Sep 2013
00:00
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I can’t be the only one wondering at the potential loss of limbs biometric security opens up.

Apple yesterday confirmed biometric technology is being used as a means of authenticating users of its latest iPhone, and that’s fine for a consumer smartphone.

However, as Interoute chief technology officer Matthew Finnie points out consumer smartphones are now well established as corporate tools. So, if you’re someone with access to sensitive corporate information, is it simpler for a fraudster to hack off your finger or hand to access your smartphone, or to hack the device by more traditional means?

Sometimes its nice having a phone no one wants to steal that offers no access to sensitive information of any kind.

Not that I’m down on biometric security in smartphones. In fact, I’m a little surprised it’s taken this long to arrive, having first come into contact with the technology around a decade ago.

However, with security expert Andy Kemshall arguing the technology is still too immature for mass market use, perhaps for now we’re better with a combination of biometric and old-fashioned password protection.

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