Many technology pundits have claimed that biometrics is the end all of authentication solution. This new technology will make the imperfect world of password security obsolete, or so they state. Despite this so called perfect password only 20% of firms actually utilize this technology. Why the such low adoption rate? A big reason for the low adoption rate is that biometrics is, in many cases, less secure.
In fact, biometrics is less secure than the traditional password system being used. Biometric passwords are still subject to all the current hacking attacks out there. Biometric passwords are not secretive by design. Most people will not to walk around wearing gloves and sunglasses all day everyday. Despite the technology advancements in biometric security like adding vein scans to the security check, hackers have found ways to bypass these these new security measures.
Another security flaw in biometrics is the inability to change your password. Today if your password is leaked you can just change it to something else this can not be done with biometric passwords. Biometric passwords do not offer the ability to change as no person can just change the layout of their fingerprints or structure of their eyes.
These security flaws have some big repercussions if stolen. A security breach resulting in your fingerprint being stolen is far more personal than losing a random word with numbers and symbols being stolen. Although federal experts have come out and stated that currently stealing fingerprints has limited repercussions right now but this will change in the future. It is also easier to lift someone’s fingerprint than it is to get the current password. A famous hacker has already shown that using high resolution photos it is easy to beat the fingerprint authentication.
In the end biometric passwords is not for everyone. For many consumer end used products it will continue to be prevalent, such as cellphones, as consumers look for the convenience. Enterprises, however, still opt for the more maximum information based security. A recent survey has shown that roughly 50% of businesses have looked into utilizing biometrics and of that 50% of businesses only 16% of business plan on deploying it over the next two years.