How You’re Using Biometrics and You Don’t Even Know It

Biometrics is an advanced technology that has been growing and expanding in many ways over the years. We use biometrics in our everyday lives all the time without even knowing it. It makes daily tasks easier than ever before. Below are the top five ways that we use biometrics and how it impacts our everyday uses. 

1. Technology

Almost every type of computer, smartphone, and tablet uses a form of biometrics. Common forms that are presented within computers, smartphones, and tablets include fingerprint (touch ID) and face ID recognition. The days of using a passcode to get into your phone are outdated. Not only does touch ID and face ID provide easier access, they, more importantly, provide better security to protect our personally identifiable information (PII). 

2. Airport Security 

Biometric technology is becoming more widely used in airports to verify identities at security checkpoints. Biometric software is enabling applications with the capability to verify our identities in less than seconds. This technology ensures the highest level of security and safety. 

3.  Time and Attendance 

Businesses, companies, and organizations are using biometrics to track employee time and attendance, providing a seamless and efficient workforce management system and reducing fraudulent activities. The most common methods now include fingerprint and facial recognition; iris scanning is becoming more popular as well.  

4.   Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies across the world rely on biometrics heavily. They have been using biometrics (mostly fingerprints) in criminal investigations for years.  However, Automated biometric identification systems, also known as ABIS, are being developed at state, local, and federal levels, and they capture all modalities such as fingerprint, face, and iris.  These systems incorporate both biometric hardware and software, allowing law enforcement and forensic examiners to more accurately cross-check persons of interest against multiple identities within a database. Biometric systems are also used in prison security systems to monitor inmates and visitors. 

5.   Banking – Transaction Authentication 

Biometrics in banking continues to grow as many people now use electronics to access their financial information. Biometrics are used to prevent fraud and increase transaction security for customers’ accounts.  This extra layer of protection also helps prevent identity fraud.  

Overall, biometrics continue to make our lives easier and safer than ever before!