I recently visited my Bank to get a replacement credit card as mine was compromised. As expected, I was required to present my fingerprints as part of the Bank’s identity verification process. For some reason, the online verification system could not find a fingerprint match and the Bank had to revert to traditional methods to confirm my identity.
Inadequate biometrics systems could be creating a false sense of security in banks, security estates and office blocks, and in effect rolling out a red carpet to criminals.
By Marius Coetzee, Managing Director of leading identity fraud solutions provider Ideco
Biometrics-based security devices, in particular fingerprint readers, are now widely in use across South Africa. But in many cases, they could be creating a false sense of security among enterprises, and worse – serving to enable criminal activities.