Latest in Gear

Image credit: Chris Velazco/Engadget

Biometric security now has an industry-wide testing standard

FIDO can certify that a fingerprint reader is up to snuff.
175 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Chris Velazco/Engadget

Biometric security is par for the course on smartphones and increasingly common on PCs, but there hasn't been a standard way to verify that the technology passes muster. That's where the FIDO Alliance might help. It's launching a first-of-its-kind Biometric Component Certification Program that will use independent labs to test the performance and security of fingerprint readers, face recognition and other sign-in devices across the industry. If a vendor wants to show that its face unlock feature can't be fooled by a photo, it won't have to jump through hoops to prove it.

The approach could reassure both users and partners (including service providers and phone makers) that biometric systems are trustworthy for logins and purchases. For the component creators, it promises to save time and money -- they won't have to prove themselves multiple times. In practice, this could lead to both a baseline expectation of security in the devices you use as well as more devices that use biometrics in the first place.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
175 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Judge says Instacart likely misclassified California workers

Judge says Instacart likely misclassified California workers

View
Fujifilm's new flagship X-T4 camera has in-body stabilization

Fujifilm's new flagship X-T4 camera has in-body stabilization

View
Virgin Galactic will let people hop to the front of the line for tickets

Virgin Galactic will let people hop to the front of the line for tickets

View
Fujifilm's slimmer Instax Mini 11 features automatic exposure

Fujifilm's slimmer Instax Mini 11 features automatic exposure

View
Grimes details her character's backstory in 'Cyberpunk 2077'

Grimes details her character's backstory in 'Cyberpunk 2077'

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr