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PROJECT: BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION

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Biometric authentication is a security measure that relies on unique physical or behavioural characteristics to identify individuals.


Biometric authentication systems can identify a person’s facial features, fingerprints, voice, and even DNA.


These unique traits are stored in a database, and when an individual tries to access a system or data, their biometric information is compared with the information in the database.

 

Hacking biometrics is becoming more common as technology becomes more widespread. It is essential to be aware of how biometrics can be hacked and take steps to protect your own information.


There are a few different ways that biometrics can be hacked or tricked


One common method is to use a device called a skimmer. 

  • This device can be placed on ATMs or other fingerprint scanner machines.

  • The skimmer collects the information from the finger scan and then creates a fake fingerprint that can be used to access the device.


Another technique to hack biometrics is called spoofing.

  • This technique involves using a fake fingerprint or iris that looks similar enough to the real thing to fool the scanner.

  • This attack can be made by taking a picture of the person’s finger or iris or making a mould of their finger.


Another way biometric data can be compromised is through what is called a “replay attack.”

  • This is where a hacker records the biometric data of an authorised user and then plays it back to gain access to the system.

 

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ADVANTAGES:


Increased Security:

  • Biometric authentication provides a higher level of security than traditional authentication methods like passwords, PINs, or security tokens.


Convenience:

  • Biometric authentication is much more convenient than traditional authentication methods.

  • Users do not have to remember complex passwords or carry around security tokens.


Improved User Experience:

  • Biometric authentication provides a seamless user experience.

  • It is quick, easy, and does not require any special skills or knowledge.


DISADVANTAGES:


Privacy Concerns:

  • Biometric authentication systems store sensitive information about individuals, such as fingerprints or facial features.

  • If this information falls into the wrong hands, it can be used for identity theft or other malicious purposes.


False Positives:

  • Biometric authentication systems may sometimes incorrectly identify individuals, leading to false positives.

  • For example, a fingerprint scanner may not recognize a person’s fingerprint if it’s dirty or smudged.


High Cost:

  • Biometric authentication systems can be expensive to implement and maintain.

  • The hardware and software required for biometric authentication can be costly, and the systems need to be regularly updated and maintained to ensure their effectiveness.


 

Biometric Authentication provides a higher level of security and convenience than traditional authentication methods. However, it also has disadvantages, such as privacy concerns, false positives, and high costs.


Therefore, it is essential to carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of biometric authentication before implementing it in any system or application.

 

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