Stolen or weak passwords could be putting your business at risk.

More and more users are opting for Biometrics as a way to up their computer security and eliminate password pain.

According to ME’s Password Pain Survey, 68 percent of people describe the process of setting up and remembering passwords as ‘frustrating’.

This response isn’t surprising given the average person has dozens of different passwords to remember for all the digital services they use. In an attempt to remember so many logins, users often opt for easy to remember combinations which they repeat across accounts and devices. This behaviour is making them extremely vulnerable to hackers.

If all these passwords are giving you a headache, help is at hand. Intel’s multi-factor authentication security using biometrics provides a way to log in that uses a part of you – a fingerprint or your face for example.

Cyber security expert Samantha MacLeod said ME’s findings indicate, digital users want security and ease of use.

“Which is exactly what biometric-enabled passwords provide,” added MacLeod.

sophisticated yet easy to implement

According to the Password Pain Survey, 71 percent of respondents believe ‘biometric passwords are easier as they don’t have to remember their password’ all of the time, while 67% said ‘biometric passwords increased their confidence in protecting their money’.

With 81 percent of today’s hacking breaches related to stolen or weak passwords, upgrading your technology to utilise biometrics makes sense, especially for small business owners whose systems are often compromised when employees leave systems unlocked.

While this feature may conjure notions of spy thrillers and James Bond-style espionage, Kochie’s Business Builders tech expert Val Quinn suggests it’s sophisticated yet easy to implement.
“Intel-based laptops these days have a feature called Windows Hello, which provides a more personal way of signing into your Windows 10 computer,” Quinn explains.

“The computer uses your laptop’s camera to scan and locate landmark features on a user’s face such as the location of the eyes, nose and mouth and maps this data. It couples this with an algorithm to build a representation. No image of my face is actually ever stored, it’s only a mathematical representation. This model is then used to unlock your computer.

Couple this with a pin number and this type of password is referred to as multi-factor authentication.

“It adds another layer of security to your data that cannot be duplicated,” Quinn says. “Not only is this a cool way to login to your device, it makes it much more secure!”

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Cec is the managing editor of KBB. She is a multimedia professional with over fifteen years experience as an editor on titles as diverse as SX, CULT, Better Pictures, Total Rock, MTV, fasterlouder, mynikonlife and Fantastic Living. She has spent the past four years working as a news journalist covering all the issues that matter in the political, health and LGBTIQ arena. She is the Head of Content at Pinstripe Media and a recent convert to the world of small business.


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