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Password still the preferred security log-in method for majority of Americans


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

August 15, 2016 | 2 min read

Biometric security checks such as voice, facial or eye recognition are still not favored by the vast majority of Americans despite the technologies’ ability to make it easier to access online services.



A YouGov study of 1,000 US adults conducted for email provider saw 58 per cent of respondents claim that password was still their preferred biometric authentication method to access their online accounts taken with ISPs, banks and more.

A tenth favored fingerprint sensors like those offered up by modern Apple and Android mobile devices. Nine per cent selected multi digit pins.

On new, more disruptive technologies, only two per cent clocked facial or voice or eye recognition a piece, showing that these new technologies have work to do in building the trust of consumers and also raising awareness.

The main reason given to avoid biometric services was in case there was a malfunction on the company’s end, restricting access to the data, 42 per cent selected this. Similarly, consumers also didn’t particularly want this data to be in the hands of the brands requesting it.

Only a tenth of respondents thought biometric security was risk free.

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