|Vein-Reading Biometrics Win Security-Conscious Customers
By: Jessica Cherok
After hearing that a hacker managed to clone the thumbprint of a German politician from a photo, vein-reading biometrics are getting another look.
If you own an iPhone 5 or 6, or one of Samsung’s devices, the idea of cloning your fingerprint from a photo can be unsettling. Not to mention the fear of how such clones can be used to fool biometric systems beyond personal devices.
Enter vein-reading biometrics. It’s not a new technology. In fact, it’s been around for a few years, and is currently used by banks in Japan and other countries. Barclays has been offering the service to its business customers, with plans to expand to all customers.
Like fingerprints, a person’s vein pattern is distinct. Unlike fingerprints, vein patterns can’t be cloned. The vein reader needs an actual finger to be present in order to authenticate. Meaning, a cloned photo wouldn’t work, and only the actual person’s finger would unlock.
Offering this biometric security feature could be a huge advantage for businesses offering it to their customers. People are increasingly worried about their privacy and security in the digital world, and companies who can stay on the cutting edge of safeguards are likely to win out.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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