Apple has confirmed its plan to use fingerprint scanning technology as an authentication method on its new devices. This is not surprising but will undoubtedly leave users exposed to security risks.
Biometric authentication is not yet near the level it needs to be for the majority of consumer facing organisations to implement it in their products. There are industries in which it does make sense to use the technology though, such as those in which many people are using a single or small number of devices. For example, airports often use a passport and eye ball scan to authenticate a traveller. But for an organisation such as Apple, which is creating multiple products for multiple users, it could not realistically enforce such a method.
Fingerprint scanning, eyeball scanning, voice and face recognition are all at least a decade away from being reliable enough to use as authentication methods. The technology simply isn’t sophisticated enough. Take the face recognition method for example – as the technology stands, a device will unlock just by holding up a photo of the owner.