“Sir, do you have an id?"(He gives the person his driver's license.)"Sir, are you sure you are Mr. Brodie?"(That question took him a little while to process.)
- Her voice.
- Her speech patterns.
- Her appearance.
- Her personal preferences and tastes - from what she chooses to wear for clothes and shoes, her personal style, her nail color.
- Her mannerisms.
- Her signature.
- Her memory of past events and conversations.
Since the earliest days of human history, we’ve needed to verify who the people around us are. In more recent times, as the human population has surged into the billions, that need has only intensified. Are you part of the tribe or are you an outsider? According to research by Robin Dunbar, an anthropologist at Oxford University, the average person can only recognize about 1,500 faces. That’s a pretty astonishing number, but it pales in comparison to the numbers of people we come into contact with over a month or even a day.
Today, our identities are verified almost exclusively by one of two methods—things that you carry with you and things you remember. Driver’s licenses and passports are examples of the former, passwords and PINs the latter. But physical identification is easy to fake, and passwords are easily cracked by hackers, who then have nearly unfettered access to our credit cards, bank accounts, and personal data. Something needs to change.
--Tim De Chant, The Boring and Exciting World of Biometrics, Nova Next/PBS
The Tolly Group was hired by BSI to try and breach BioSig-ID™'s biometric security. Over 100 people unlimited access to try and validate against a website protected with BioSig-ID™. Additionally they were informed of the password used "Mom". After over 10,000 attempts at breaching our security BioSig-ID™ blocked 99.97% of the attempts.
Unlike traditional identification which you must either remember or carry with you, biometrics are you. Fingerprints, voice analysis, iris patterns, vein matching, gait analysis, and so on. Such traits are unique to an individual and often, though not always, incredibly difficult to fake.--Tim De Chant, The Boring and Exciting World of Biometrics, Nova Next/PBS
Some of the anxiety stems from the fact that biometrics are a part of who we are—they’re not an internet username that can be easily discarded or created anew. Biometrics will likely persist in government and private databases, accreting information whether we like it or not.--Tim De Chant, The Boring and Exciting World of Biometrics, Nova Next/PBS