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Biometric Passwords Not Too Far Off
By: Jessica Cherok
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Worried about the security of your passwords, but find yourself fumbling to remember a myriad of alphanumeric jumbles? Never fear, because biometric password keepers might just be the thing for you.

Apple’s iPhone 5S already uses fingerprint identification to unlock the phone, and to make purchases within iTunes. Apparently, in the not-too-distant future, other biometrics like heartbeat, ear shape, or facial recognition could be widely available for consumers to use as their passwords.

A couple of weeks ago (on April Fools' Day), a product called BeardSwipe was making the rounds on social media as a new password-keeper for scruffy men. According to the BeardSwipe website, the application “tracks coarseness & density with a remarkable degree of detail and precision,” and “uses patented beardprint technology.”

BeardSwipe was a hoax, but the availability of using biometrics as passwords is not. After all, fingerprints, ear shape, walk, typing speed, heart rate, etc. are all unique to the individual, making biometrics some of the securest forms of passwords available. The trick becomes is how to integrate these metrics into today’s technology in a reliable and secure way.

Until such a time when biometrics are available, we’ll just have to rely on whatever antiquated system we’ve worked out for ourselves. Or the old Post-It Note under the keyboard.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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