Fingerprint readers and voice recognition

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iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint sensor



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HSBC is trying to get rid of passwords.

The bank is introducing biometric tests for its customers, it announced on Friday, allowing users to access online banking services using their fingerprints or voice.

With the former, the scheme is compatible with Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Customers will be able to scan their fingerprint to prove who they are to log in, BBC reports.

Alternatively, customers can use their voice to access their accounts. They record a “voiceprint” by which the bank learns how they speak, then they read a sentence on their phone to enter. “

“It takes away the much-maligned passwords and replaces them with something more secure – you don’t have to remember where you lived when you were five, or your inside leg measurement,” the manager said. bank customer contact, Joe Gordon. (via The Telegraph.) “It takes over 100 different measurements, so for most people, even with a cold, the vocal tract doesn’t change, and behavioral factors like speech speed, accent, and pronunciation are still there.”

He added: “In cases where we still cannot, which are rare, they can be passed on to an adviser to go through verification in the normal way.”

15 million customers will be able to use the new features, which will be widely rolled out this summer.

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