1 In 4 Of Netizen Are Using Online Biometrics Authentication In Some Capacity

Biometrics are slowly making their way into the mainstream online world, with 25% of all consumers relying on them for online security, reports FIDO Alliance.

The report also shows that passwords are still the most common online log in method in different countries, including Australia, France, Germany, China, US and UK and many more.

Online security feels like a perpetual nightmare nowadays. Having the knowledge that with just one slip up, unintentional or one not even on your part, entire libraries of personal information and assets can be stolen and/or lost is needlessly terrifying. Maybe the paranoia can be boiled down to just how widespread the internet is. Not only does that lead to larger pool of individuals to scam, it also means that reports of cybercrime never stop and they feel perpetual. There's only so much an individual can shield themselves from the constant knowledge that their online identity is at risk. And you know what? Maybe that awareness is actually doing some good.

While cybercrime is definitely getting more technologically advanced and nuanced with each passing day, netizens across the world are getting smarter at the same pace. A big way this can be mapped out is by just how common two factor authorizations are becoming. 2FAs allow users to set up their social media profiles, bank accounts, or other such online interfaces in a way that any access to them will require two separate, distinct inputs from the same individual. It leads to a more secure outcome, and isn't particularly difficult to execute as well. And now it looks like biometrics are joining the party as well!

Biometrics have become an accessible part of the online world since their inclusion in smartphones. Now that your iPhone can record thumbprints via the Home button, the technology can be further implemented in so many different ways. There's phone security, which means that no one can access your mobile device without having the necessary thumbprints. More importantly, your online identity is much more secure since thumbprints aren't easy to steal for the majority of scammers. Short of cutting off one's thumb for usage, that is, which is going to be difficult for your average middle aged American living in their parents' basement.

Cybercrime is increasing everyday. But such statistics show that users aren't taking it lying down, and are getting smart in the process.

Take a look at below infographic fore more insights:

Online Authentication Barometer: Consumer habits, trends and adoption of authentication technologies - infographic

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