Many of the convenient and efficient services we depend on are made possible through a confirmation of who we are. Up to now, confirmation of identity has been through a trusted document or a password. Yet the vulnerability and inconvenience of these methods is quickly giving way to a new form of identity verification.
Biometrics are unique physical or behavioral characteristics which can be used to automatically identify individuals. Biometric technologies capture, process and measure these characteristics electronically and compare them against existing records to create a highly accurate identity management capability.Common physical biometric indicators in use today include fingerprints, faces, irises, voices, and DNA, among many others. Behavioral biometric indicators include patterns in the way an individual walks, gestures, or even types. More detail about the different kinds of biometric indicators and their uses can be found here.
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