Biometric Update: Biometrics and banking, authentication, cybersecurity and Rapid DNA trending this week

December 20, 2015 — Biometrics and banking, authentication, cybersecurity and Rapid DNA trending this week

Authentication A recent study by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland about user attitudes to personal identification methods found that the most popular authentication methods were internet banking access codes, passwords and fingerprints. Most important to users, however, was to feel in control of their own information and who else gets to access it. MasterCard recently conducted a global survey that found that advances in biometric authentication technology is slowly shifting consumers away from using passwords for authenticating online purchases. In the survey of about 10,000 consumers, Mastercard found that 53% of shoppers said they forget their passwords on more than one occasion per week. Researchers at Yahoo! Labs have developed a new biometric method of authentication for touchscreen devices. In a research paper, Christian Holz and Marius Knaust outlined their new technique of coupling biometric sensors and low-data-rate transmitters in a wearable wristband to communicate to touchscreen devices through electrical conductivity. In a guest post, Ryan Wilk, vice president of customer success at NuData Security, discusses how behavioral biometrics is the method of fraud detection and prevention that enables merchants to more fully know and understand their users, whether good or bad, with the least friction possible. Morpho introduced SecureIdentity, a digital identity service for British citizens and residents to access online government services offered through the UK government’s new GOV.UK Verify program that protects the privacy of their personal data. Scheduled to go live in early 2016, SecureIdentity is a mobile application for citizens to authenticate and protect their identities online.

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