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Biometrics: The password you cannot change



Having the same password for everything is a big no-no in the security world, so what makes biometrics any different?

Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller said increasingly biometric authentication is being used for the purpose of easing the burden of security when it comes to simplicity and usability.

But exactly how secure is it?

Recent research by FireEye outlined that hackers can remotely attack our smartphones and steal fingerprints on a “large scale”, without anybody noticing.

“You’re using one password which you’re storing in plain sight, and then you’re using it against a whole range of different services, potentially, which is insane. Everyone says avoid password repetition or reuse, so why on earth would you be setting up a biometric system that does exactly that?”

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