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The truth about biometrics: Beyond the myths and towards enhanced security

by | Cyber Security

In this blog, we venture into the often-overhyped field of biometric security, debunking the myths associated with the supposed ‘safety’ these security methodologies promise. For those of you already employing biometrics, we’ll guide you with five key tips to enhance the protection of your biometric data. Is there a more encompassing approach to robust online security? We will disclose A2Z Cloud’s ‘secret sauce’ for advancing your business’s security measures with Zoho. Intrigued? Join us as we unravel these insights.

Understanding biometrics: A new era of technology

In the ever-evolving world of technology, biometrics has risen as a popular buzzword. From unlocking our smartphones with our thumbprints to voice-activated smart home devices, biometric technology has become the new normal. Yet, many misconceptions persist about the efficacy and security of biometric data. As a Zoho Premium Partner, our mission at A2Z Cloud is to dispel these myths and provide effective, secure solutions for your business.

Biometric identification is a system that recognises a person based on their unique physical features, or “biometric data”. Biometric technology is used to authenticate an individual’s identity, featuring three key elements: a sensor that captures the biometrics, a storage device to hold the original data, and software to compare the two. The types of biometric data vary greatly, from fingerprint scanners and voice recognition to facial recognition, iris recognition, and even hand geometry.

Debunking the myths: The reality of biometric security

The belief that biometric locks are the safest way to stay protected because no one can steal your voice or fingerprints is a common misconception. The reality is that most of the popular biometric identifiers like your voice, face, and fingerprints can be extracted remotely. If you use social media, all of these physical features may be completely accessible to criminals through your photographs and videos. Contrary to popular belief, biometric data is not private, and it can be hacked. Just as with any recorded data, biometric data is hackable and cybercriminals are persistently seeking ways to obtain it.

The idea that biometric data is a complete upgrade from passwords is another myth that needs debunking. While biometrics do offer convenience and a certain level of security, they are not impregnable. However, when used as one layer in multi-factor authentication, biometrics can significantly enhance your security.

Protecting your biometric data

While biometric authentication provides a convenient and robust means of securing your devices and accounts, it’s not without potential risks. Biometric data includes unique physical and behavioural characteristics like fingerprints, facial patterns, voice or iris scans, and even hand geometry. This data can, in theory, be compromised and misused.

Here are some steps to protect your biometric data:

Limit Sharing: Be cautious about who you share your biometric data with and in what contexts. Biometric features, like your face and voice, can be extracted remotely from photos and videos you post online.

Use Multi-Factor Authentication: Biometrics can add an extra layer of security when used as part of multi-factor authentication. This involves using two or more different types of authentication, such as something you know (like a password), something you have (like a phone), and something you are (biometrics).

Keep Devices Secure: Ensure that the devices storing your biometric data are secure. This includes installing regular updates, using strong unique passwords, and being aware of potential phishing attempts.

Understand and Consent: Be aware of how your data will be used, stored, and protected when you give it out. Make sure you read and understand any privacy policies or consent forms associated with using your biometric data.

Beware of Biometric Hacks: Be aware that while difficult, it is not impossible to hack biometric data. In most cases, this data is stored as encrypted binary code, but any recorded data is potentially hackable.

Advancing security with A2Z Cloud – UK Zoho Partner

A2Z Cloud, in partnership with Zoho, offers enhanced security solutions to combat the rise of cyber threats. These solutions provide a solid and adaptable security framework that safeguards sensitive data and mitigates risks effectively.

Robust Security Features: Zoho’s security suite, which includes Zoho Vault and Zoho OneAuth, provides notable advantages over biometric options. Zoho Vault is an online password manager that securely stores and readies your passwords for use. Zoho OneAuth, on the other hand, is a multi-factor authentication app, offering an additional layer of security to your account.

Centralised Credential Management: Zoho Vault centralises credential management, which simplifies access control for teams and individuals. This streamlines the onboarding and off-boarding processes and ensures better control and oversight of credentials.

Multi-Factor Authentication: Zoho OneAuth acts as a secure multi-factor authentication solution, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches by implementing strong password policies and two-factor authentication.

Cross-Platform Compatibility and Integration: Zoho’s solutions are cross-platform compatible and integrate seamlessly with the broader Zoho ecosystem and other applications. This boosts productivity and efficiency by creating a harmonious work environment.

Cost-Effectiveness: Zoho’s solutions provide a cost-effective method for businesses to enhance their security.

In a nutshell

Remember, while biometrics undeniably provide a convenient and additional layer of security, it’s important to remember that they should not stand alone as your sole line of defence. Multi-faceted security strategies are the need of the hour and this is all possible by implementing robust solutions such as Zoho Vault and OneAuth.

Start enhancing your business’s online security today. Start your free Zoho Vault and Zoho OneAuth account through A2Z Cloud today.

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