By: Peter Griffin
Computer security is high on the list of priorities for most people today. Because computers have recently become very mobile, there is a very distinct danger that the personal data that a person keeps in their mobile computer can very well end up in the hands of the wrong kind of people.
There has been a lot of technology focused on providing the necessary security features in computers so that the data that is stored in them is kept safe. However, there is always one thing that typically undermines whatever security feature has been implemented on the computer. A personal computer or laptop is principally a private piece of property. As such, while the data that is stored in it is also very personal, the person using the computer is often prone to disregarding whatever security protocol is used to protect the data and computer. This is simply because he or she is assuming that the computer will remain personal and safe from other hands.
Unfortunately, time and again, that belief has been proven false, which is why computer security needs to be developed around the idea of security being second nature to the user. To organically merge security with the individual, a lot of people and organizations aim to increase computer security with biometrics.
Essentially, biometrics consists of a fingerprint scan that serves as a security barrier for the computer. Once installed in a computer, no potential computer user can access the computer unless he or she is specifically identified as a legitimate user of that computer.
As a device, the biometric reader scans the information from the fingerprints of a person. This acts as a key to opening up the computer. Unless the person has the right fingerprints to match those stored in the biometric device, the computer remains inaccessible. Thus, the computer is well protected from illegitimate users.
There are several advantages when people increase computer security with biometrics. For one thing, it is a very natural and quick way to register the person with the intended computer he or she is supposed to use. Accessing a laptop, for example, only takes putting a finger against the biometric scanner and having it check whether the scanned fingerprint matches with the fingerprint on file for the biometrics device. Once a match is confirmed, the computer becomes fully usable. Thus, security with biometrics is quick and easy.
What's more, the fingerprints of a person are unique to each individual. Fingerprints do not match between different people. Thus, there is no chance that two individuals can open a computer that is keyed only for one person’s fingerprint.
Thus, for companies and individuals who are looking to ensure their data, one of the best things that they can do is to increase computer security with biometrics. Not only is biometrics one of the safest ways to secure a computer, it is also one of the most natural and convenient. Every personal computer that stores confidential and personal data — and what personal computer does not — should use biometrics to increase security.