Has new technology made biometric authentication obsolete


Has biometric authentication become obsolete due to new technologies? No, is the short answer. Users should, however, ensure that they go beyond device-level biometrics to accurately validate identification at each access point. As capabilities become more advanced, biometric authentication is becoming a major issue in the identity verification industry. Depending on the program, users can authenticate their identity using geolocation, social media accounts, fingerprints, iris scans, and even facial recognition.

As biometric identification is increasingly used in businesses, consumer adoption of mobile phones is unquestionably leading the way. Fingerprint and facial recognition technologies are two of the most common biometrics at the device level.

What are device-level fingerprinting and facial recognition biometrics?

Digital print:

Fingerprint readers are already integrated into many mobile devices, from tablets to smartphones, and can read this type of biometric data. Fingerprint scanners are a popular type of authentication for accessing physical devices and as part of multi-factor authentication systems because they are relatively easy to set up.

Face recognition:

Face scans are now used by many iPhones and laptops. A built-in camera will take a photo or video of a person’s face and compare it to unique scan data.

What are the limitations of device-level biometrics?

When you use facial scans or fingerprints to log in, you are not establishing your identity. For example, you can use Face ID on your iPhone to add multiple faces. What exactly is the problem here? The problem is that while many faces can log in to a single Face ID, you have no way of knowing who is behind the login.

How can live biometrics overcome the limitations of device-level biometrics?

Live biometrics effectively asks the user to show that they are alive. This can be used during account registration and onboarding to ensure that a user is a genuine person, and not a bot or someone trying to impersonate them.

When registering a user, live biometrics uses the front camera (selfie camera) on the mobile device to record a video of the user. Live biometrics can be used to verify that the person in front of the mobile device is still alive, take a selfie to establish an identity match, and authenticate the user.

What are the benefits of using advanced biometrics over device-level biometrics for authentication?

High accuracy

Biometric authentication methods use a person’s unique bodily traits to identify them quickly, consistently and accurately. They have already become crucial for identity verification in a variety of government agencies, banks and financial organizations.

Because biometric credentials are difficult to forge or steal, biometric systems offer a higher level of security than traditional means of authentication, such as passwords. When it comes to identifying people, such as workers and customers, biometric authentication technology is extremely accurate.


The behavioral and physical factors used for biometric verification are not vulnerable to damage and unexpected tampering. Therefore, biometric verification provides a consistent and reliable identification technique.

Biometric authentication is fast, user-friendly, hard to counterfeit, inexpensive, and requires little user training because it accesses an individual’s particular characteristics to recognize them for reliable verification.

Multiple Use Cases

Biometric technology is already used in several countries for voter registration, national identity, national healthcare and e-passports, and it has the potential to be used in a wide range of industries and applications. apps.

In remote user access and card not present transactions, biometric authentication has proven to be one of the best and most suitable alternatives for authenticating users. Common use cases include identity verification for new account creation, secure logins to prevent account takeover, and fraud protection for financial transactions.

(The author, Mr. Robert MacDonald, Vice President of Product Marketing, 1Kosmos and the opinions expressed in this article are his own)


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