Barriers to using biometrics for mobile authentication

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Biometrics is the science that uses unique physical characteristics of your body, such as your fingerprint or the pattern of your iris, to confirm your identity. Fingerprinting has been used for decades, primarily in law enforcement, but past technology was expensive and slow.


Biometrics eliminates the danger of a password being stolen, or as is more common, a password being used without proper authorisation. Biometrics can reduce the problem of corporate risk associated with a supervisor "loaning" his badge to an associate to gain unauthorised access.
With the vast number of systems and the associated passwords, forgotten passwords and their problems could be reduced. Estimates suggest that between 25 to 50 % of all calls to help-desks are caused by forgotten passwords and cost $25 and $50 each(Leyden). When a worker loans his password to another worker to gain access to protected information on a one-time basis, that password has been breached. Biometrics eliminates the risk and assures that access to any entryway, file, or account can only be granted to authorised personnel. Biometrics also has a future in a wide range of applications where it is essential to identify the subject such as credit transactions and health care records.
Biometric applications are almost always used to prevent the unauthorised access to sensitive data. Since the early 1980s, systems of identification and authentication based on physical characteristics have been available. These systems were slow and expensive. ...
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