According to the definition given by the American Association of biometrics, biometric identifier – is a measurable physical characteristic used to detect or confirm the identity of the user. Such characteristics can be obtained in particular by means of a fingerprint scanner.
According to sources familiar with the situation, the next generation of smart phones iPhone will be equipped with fingerprint sensor. Phone will receive a special hardware module, which will provide a fingerprint. Head of the Department of IT-security company PayPal Michael Banner is convinced that iPhone 5S will solve the problem of user identification on the Internet.
In an interview with MacWorld expert stated that the usernames and passwords on the Internet “outlived his.” Each member has dozens, if not hundreds, of accounts on different sites. Thus people tend to use the same passwords for different services, which substantially reduces the level of security. Biometric identification will solve this problem once and for all.
Barrett leads the organization Fast IdentityOnline Alliance, whose purpose – to radically change the system of virtual identification using a standardized open protocol. FIDO began operations in February 2013, and the demand for the services of the company, according to Barrett, is extremely high.
The expert believes that the output iPhone 5S with a built-in fingerprint scanner will become a new landmark in the development of security systems on the Internet.
“Now go to a lot of rumors about the technologies being developed in Cupertino, – said the representative of PayPal – We are talking about the Fingerprint Reader. This year will see a few phones that support this technology. ”
However, passwords on the Internet will not disappear immediately, says Barrett. The technology will be developed gradually and before the start of the general must undergo several more years.