IEDs on the Road to Fingerprint Authentication: Biometrics have vulnerabilities that PINs and passwords don't

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Abstract

Almost every 2016 flagship mobile phone, whether Android or iOS-based, is set to come with an integrated fingerprint reader. The convenience benefits of fingerprint readers are clear to users, but is the underlying technology really ready for widespread adoption? This article explores some of the background of the challenge of secure user authentication on mobile devices, as well as recent weaknesses identified in the handling of fingerprints on many consumer devices. It also considers legislatory and social implications of the widespread adoption of fingerprint authentication. Finally, it attempts to look forward to some resulting problems we may encounter in the future.
LanguageEnglish
Article number7450785
Pages79-83
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Fingerprint

Biometrics
Authentication
Mobile phones
Mobile devices

Keywords

  • security
  • fingerprint reader
  • user authentication
  • mobile devices

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