Biometrics is a set of methods related to unique identification of people based on physiological or behavioural traits

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Is biometric passport safer than old-fashioned passport

Our government encourages the citizens to move to "smart passports", which contain biometric data such as fingerprints. They say it is safer for us because it prevents identity thefts. On the other ...
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False acceptance rate in biometric authentication system

False acceptance refers to an unauthorized user given access to a system which he is not allowed to access. Therefore a false acceptance rate of 1% means the system will incorrectly allow access to ...
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What is the name for “imperfect” verification options?

Let's say users log into a system using a voice-print. Software can read the input from the microphone, compare it to the stored sample, and tell the user "There is a 97.5% similarity to the ...
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How is a biometric authentication system secure?

Imagine I have an application which uses a biometric based authentication (such as a fingerprint). It takes its hash and sends it to the server. The server has a copy of the hash and compares the two. ...
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How secure is my DPAPI Master Key if I enable biometric login?

I understand that Windows DPAPI master keys are encrypted (directly or indirectly) with the user's login password - see e.g. Does DPAPI works if a user hasn't a login password? If I understand ...
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Is the use of biometric systems in schools and other 'security-amateur' environments responsible?

I'm looking for some informed perspectives on the growing 'casual' use of finger/thumb print scanners in for instance schools, for library use, cashless cafeteria payments, registration. The security ...
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Is a biometric eye scan more secure than a multi-factor authentication

I have come across the following question in a Security+ exam guide You are tasked with creating a high-security authentication system for physical access control to a military installation. Which ...
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Securing fingerprint templates stored on web authentication server

I have a multi-factor web authentication server, that in addition to regular passwords uses fingerprints for user authentication. Can anyone think of a security flaw in the following scenario: I ...
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Mobile authentication

I'm currently working on an Android app in which I want to authenticate someone against an REST API. I want to do this as secure as is (cost-)effective/possible/userfriendly. I've been looking around ...
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Determining the efficiency of a biometric system [duplicate]

How can find the efficiency of any biometric system is there an equation to find it? How is the efficiency of a biometric security system?
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Determining the accuracy of a biometric system

How is the accuracy of a biometric security system (its ability to minimize false acceptance rate and false rejection rate) determined?
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What happens if biometric data is stolen?

As we move toward a future where fingerprints might possibly replace passwords, I see one issue. While passwords can be stolen, they can be changed by the owner after being notified of the security ...
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How to calculate FAR and FRR in pattern recognition? [closed]

I am working on a vein pattern recognition project based on SURF algorithm and euclidean distance. I have completed my program to find the maximum and minimum distance between vein features and find a ...
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Performance of biometric authentication on cell phones as of 2014?

How well do the various biometric authentication methods currently perform in regards to precision and recall? Can anyone cite a relevant research article?
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Isn't it less secure to use something you are for authentication?

I have to think of this everyday when I close the doors of the shop I work in: A year ago we used to close the shop and arm the alarm using a key fob. This means the worst case scenario was that I ...
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Is there a standard, storage algorithm or protocol for fingerprints?

What are the generic conventions and standards for storing and identifying biometric fingerprints out there? Are there some RFC documents for that? As a sub-question: suppose I want to preserve my ...
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How to calculate combined false acceptance/rejection rates of multiple biometrics authentication systems?

I am a taking a network security class at grad school, and I need a little help with my assignment question. I am trying to think this through, and just want to know whether my approach is right or ...
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How secure is Android's facial recognition?

Android supports using facial recognition for unlocking your phone. How secure is that mechanism? For instance, if someone has a good quality picture of your face, can they defeat the facial ...
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Is iPhone's fingerprint signature a one-way hash?

I've been considering the security of the iPhone 5S fingerprint feature. My main concern is, not that someone could replicate my fingerprint in the physical world and bypass the phone, however that ...
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Biometric non revocable major flaw

The major problem with biometric methods of identification is that they are impossible to revoke. Once my fingerprint, under whichever form, is stolen, I can't put it on a worldwide revocation list, ...
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Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint?

Is there any way to cryptographically hash a human thumbprint into a form that can be consistently reproduced by thumbprint readers? Assuming that it would be possible to create a database of ...
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How does Activesync security policy affect the usage of the iOS fingerprint scanner?

An Activesync IT administrator has the ability to choose if the phone should require a password, and also how complex it should be. Since the fingerprint scanner appears to replace the traditional ...
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iPhone 5S security: Given someone's fingerprint can I use a 3D printer to create a fake finger with a real fingerprint on it?

With such a big deal being made about the iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader (and formerly the Thinkpads' fingerprint readers) I really wonder how secure it is to use fingerprints in lieu of passwords. ...
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Is it possible to reliably derive a key from a biometric fingerprint?

Many products (e.g. notebooks, security doors and now smartphones) support some form of fingerprint authentication. That seems simple enough: A trusted system compares a stored representation of a ...
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False negative in biometrics

In biometric systems preventing false positive is usually far more important than preventing false negatives. In what situations can false negatives be more serious than false positives?
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Web-browser based biometrics?

Is there any practice of using biometric mechanisms online - for example, for visual identification via webcam to identify audio-visually the person speaking, or, performing biometric analysis on ...
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Can a biometric device serve as a user based entropy source?

I am wondering if a biometric device can be used to generate some entropy or key material that would be stable across each authentication. The contrary would be for biometric devices to act like an ...
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How important is user acceptance when deciding whether to deploy biometric authentication?

I've been browsing through several studies on user acceptance of biometrics, and I've been noticing that they all focus on attitudes and beliefs about biometrics. While it's important to know a ...
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Are fingerprint scanners easy to bypass?

Thinking about adding a fingerprint based authentication layer, but then I recalled the MythBusters beat fingerprint security system episode -- is this a common issue, and if not, how do you tell if a ...
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What are formal parameters for fingerprint scanner selection?

I would like to buy a USB fingerprint scanner. I intend to use it to log in into my Windows computer, to secure RoboForm password manager, and generally to replace password entry with a quick finger ...
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Why do we even use passwords / passphrases next to biometrics?

In the last couple of days there were a lot of talking about passwords and passphrases, not only here, but on several blogs and forums I follow (especially after XKCD #936 saw the light of this ...
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Biometric authentication in the real world

can anyone give a realistic estimation, based on real-world experience, of how much biometric authentication techniques are being used in the IT field?
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Biometric versus other Two Factor Authentication Mechanisms

Over the years biometrics is the go-to movie authentication mechanism, but in the real world I'm getting conflicting opinions about it. Everything I've learned shows that biometrics are flawed ...
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Is there software available for two-factor, biometric authentication to the OS?

Many fingerprint readers and other biometric authentication devices come with software for single-factor authentication to the OS. Is there any third-party software (F/OSS or otherwise) available for ...
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Non-OEM Biometric Software?

Most of us with fingerprint readers and such devices probably use the software provided by the vendor, to enable biometric OS login or single sign-on functionality. However, I've recently wondered if ...