HSBC and First Direct, UK’s leading banks are pioneering a biometric security where customers will use their body to verify their own identity to access mobile banking features and other financial details - the Mirror reports.
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Research shows that 37% of Brits use the same password across several online accounts, and with these rarely updated – the need for personalized security using individual body parts cannot be overemphasized, since traditional passwords is fast becoming an outdated security function.
To this extent, HSBC and First Direct are rolling out voice biometrics and touch ID security features for UK customers. According to the banks, “The new voice biometrics technology will use voice recognition by cross-checking over 100 behavioural and physical identifiers, ranging from speed and pronunciation to the shape of a person's larynx, vocal tract and nasal passage.”
After customers agree to the body security and enter their “voice print” into the security system, they won’t ever need to speak out their passwords or PIN anymore before they can access their banking features. In a survey recently carried out, 74% said they believe the body will become the default password of the future, while 33% believe that it will take 10 years or more for this to become a reality.
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Some Apple smartphones already come preinstalled with Touch ID which requires customers to press their thumbs against some app in the device to be able to access certain security features such as are for banking in the phones.