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Busting 3 myths about biometrics

Biometrics for time attendance truths and myths

Busting 3 myths about biometrics – curious about biometrics for time attendance or door access control?🤔  Despite being efficient and easy to use, there are lots of common misconceptions about biometric technology. Here are 3 common myths that you may hear:

*MYTH 1: “Biometrics are dangerous and insecure….hackers might steal my biometric identity!”
Modern biometric systems for time and attendance have built in steps to prevent forgery, and all data is encrypted for protection and security. Typically, images of faces, fingers, palms etc are not actually stored, instead the images are converted into small data files using an algorithm. Meaning that even if biometric data is stolen, it would be useless and could not be reverse engineered.

*MYTH 2: “Biometrics are difficult and slow to use”
Biometric readers are an extremely useful solution for time and attendance preventing ‘buddy punching’ or ‘time theft’ to save time and money and ensuring the authenticity of the user . The technology is fast and easy to use – typically taking less than a second to verify an individual, much quicker than other methods such as entering PIN numbers or passwords. It’s as simple as holding up a palm, showing a face, or presenting a finger and there’s no risk of forgetting or losing these! unlike cards or fobs.

*MYTH 3: “Biometric technology is a new thing and we don’t know if it’s safe to use yet”
Although biometrics can sometimes seem like sci-fi, it has actually been around for centuries. Fingerprinting systems were developed in the early 20th century and became widespread, but even before then, societies have been using fingerprints and handprints for signatures, seals, and as methods for identification. Today’s modern biometric systems are tried and tested and being used successfully by thousands of employers in the UK and globally.

In conclusion, biometrics should not be seen as scary, dangerous or new technology – when explained properly these concerns can be alleviated. Biometrics have been used for centuries, and are an efficient, easy and proven method of accurate authentication.

If you need some advice on the different types of biometrics for time attendance or door access control and how to implement them smoothly in your organisation, speak to a member of our team today.

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