Should Everyone Be Embracing Biometric Technology Across All Devices?

Posted on Tuesday, June 01 2021 @ 15:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Biometric technology is on the rise, and many new devices that are being released now come with some form of face or fingerprint scanner as standard. It seems as though this is the future of security, and it could soon change the way people log into sites online. With laptops and tablets already using this tech, it looks like it will be integrated into other hardware as well. Computer users should embrace this technology, as it may be ubiquitous soon.

Online Threats Are Becoming More Numerous

As online threats have evolved over the years, developers have had to get innovative with their ideas relating to security. The online world has seen major advancements in recent years, with the introduction of things like two-factor authentication now seen as standard at sites that deal with sensitive information. Cybercrime has changed, with new software now needed to deal with things such as malvertising and mobile malware threats. Malvertising can include malicious code and often reaches users through online advertising. While there is some overlap between the two, malware is more able to find its way to the user via other means - say, browsers or corrupted files. While business owners have been able to upgrades the methods of dealing with these things, the end-user is often exposed.

This is why it is becoming imperative to enhance security measures at every level. Instead of just having advanced security when logging on to sites, users need to know that their devices are as secure as possible as well. In addition to this, with biometrics now permeating the laptop and tablet industry, it could be the case that these built-in fingerprint scanners will soon link up with websites and allow people to log in that way as well.

Computers and Hardware May All Soon Come With Biometric Tech

Until recently, it has mainly been the top-end computers that have come with advanced biometric technology. Now, it is being used on almost every new device. No matter whether you choose to buy HP, Lenovo, Dell, or a Macbook, there is likely to be at least a fingerprint scanner when it comes to biometric options. If there isn’t one, users can install their own. These negate the need for password encryption when logging onto a laptop. However, users still have to choose a password as a fail-safe if the fingerprint stops working. With this in mind, the technology is not quite as advanced as it could be and there is still work to be done.

There are already some computer mouses that come with built-in fingerprint scanners. For instance, there is the Lenovo Fingerprint Biometric USB mouse that only allows authorized users to control it. This means that only someone whose data is stored can access the computer with the mouse. This could lead to a surge in other hardware that is integrated to only be activated by biometrics. Fingerprint scanners could be a stepping stone to something bigger and better when it comes to biometrics.

The fact that people can already purchase a mouse that only works for authorized users suggests that developers will soon create devices that recognize their owners. This means that anyone who is a potential threat to the information stored on those devices will not be able to get in. These tight protocols could spill over into internet usage as well, with users having to show their face to be able to input details online.