Biometrics techonolgy affects to our life

As we can see from different products from various companies, biometrics technology has major effects on our lives. Biometrics technology provides us with great number of new inventions which improves both the quality and the longevity of our lives. Nowadays, biometrics technology is considered one of the best protection methods of user information, data, etc. Basically, biometrics technology method will collect and measure data of human physiology and behavior. There are several ways to collect and measure data of users such as: scanning the unique characteristics of the person (retinal, finger-print, facial expression, etc.) or analyzing the unique behavior of human (signature, keyboard typing styles, etc.). The main purpose of biometric system is to identify and verify a person's identity. Biometrics technology is more convenient than other protection technologies of identity authentication. For example, ID card (student IDs in school) is one of the examples to authenticate a user's identity. If you forget your ID card at home then you will not be able to access to school building. In this case, biometrics system will be more efficient and useful because chances that you forgot your eyes or fingers at home are very unlikely. With biometrics security system, we just need to verify our identity by the unique characteristics that are always with us reducing the chances of losing ID cards and other identifying accessories. Furthermore, ID cards can be duplicated increasing the risk of unauthorized users gaining access to import data. With our own unique characteristics and behaviors, it will be harder to change or make copies.

Biometrics security system has bigger applications in our lives and in recent years, scientists have developed higher stages of identifying a user's identity. Our main application is facial recognition technology. With this technology, we can recognize any person in a crowded group; therefore, we can verify their identification. We can also use this method of biometrics technology to detect previously identified criminals and terrorists in society. This will help us to reduce the crime rate in the world.

Biometrics technology is applied in a variety of ways and different fields of practice. For example, we can see that it is applied in hospitals to verify the identity of patients and to protect their privacy. Furthermore, biometrics technology has been used at airports to verify the identity of people. By using this technology, it helps governments keep track of people going in and out of country. It also helps to identify criminals and terrorists. Other example of this technology which is applied in our daily lives is voice recognition; voice recognition systems are applied in homes to verify identities of authorized users. This technology is not only used for security sections, but it also can be applied in the other aspects of life. It has been used in businesses such as e-commerce and shipping sections. Biometrics technology such as 2-D barcode makes our life a lot easier with much faster item identification. With this technology, it will make sure packages are sent to correct recipients. 2-D barcode biometrics technology also applied for items. For example, it is applied to items in supermarkets and stores with detailed information of that item.

Biometrics technology concerns

There are many concerns for biometrics technology over its advantages and disadvantages. Many experts have been looking into this aspect of new technology to try and find out the value of biometrics technology. There are three main concerns about this new-born technology including: information privacy, physical privacy and religion objections.

Information privacy: there are threats (function creep and tracking capabilities of biometrics system) that are concerns affecting the privacy of information of users.

  • Function creep: is the process of over collecting unnecessary data which can be used by the system. It can occur with or without the knowledge of data-provider and collector. Many experts believe that function creep cannot be avoided. It depends on how and when function creep occurs and it can either result in the rightful or unrightful act. "For instance, using social security number to search for a parent who is delinquent with child support payments may be seen as desirable. On the other hand, having a person's digitized state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) photo-graph sold to a commercial firm to create a national photo ID database might be considered unacceptable (Davies, 1994, pp. 61-62)"
  • Tracking capabilities: the biometrics system has large amounts of databases which contain personal details and information of the public and private sectors raising many questions of maintaining each individual's anonymity. Many people are concerned that authorized people who got control over biometrics systems will be able to track individuals without their knowledge. One of example of this concern is facial recognition software and systems. With this technology, the system can recognize and verify each individual wherever they go which might be seen as an invasion of privacy.

Physical Privacy: by affecting of information privacy, the physical privacy also gets some attention from users. These concerns include the stigma associated with some biometrics, the possibility of actual harm to the participants by the technology and the concern that the devices used to obtain or read the biometrics data may be not clean as expected.

Religious Objections: this aspect of concern for biometrics security system is not expected to be wide-spread. However, its problem will decide if the biometrics system can be applied in public or not. One example for this concern is 2-D barcode. There are certain religious groups that believe barcodes on users is "the Mark of the Beast" and can a number of evils. For religious objections, governments must take this problem seriously and find the solutions for the biometrics technology in order to spread its use.

Biometrics applies in network security

The biggest problem for network security is the authentication system. For most systems, they mainly use and rely on passwords which is a combination of letters, characters and/or numbers. However, passwords need to be renewed within a certain period of time to maintain a high level of security. Moreover, it might be copied and used by unauthorized users. To fix that problem, biometrics security system can be applied. The most use of biometrics security system in network is the logical access control method. It will verify person's identification for secure workstation logon or network logon to get access control to the system.