My voice is my ultimate password – how biometrics can keep hackers at bay

Piergiorgio Vittori, Global Development Director at Spitch, predicts that we will see ‘voice’ as a mode of authentication increase rapidly in the coming years, as businesses increasingly realise the security benefits.
Citrix, a company which works with the likes of the FBI and US military, recently hit the headlines when it fell victim to hackers. The cyber criminals allegedly used a technique called password spraying, which exploits weak passwords. This is just one example of why the traditional username and password combination is no longer fit for purpose, in both our personal and business life.
The problem with traditional password systems is not with the concept of the username and password combination. Rather, it is that the system relies on the weakest part in any infosecurity chain: the human.
Historically, this method has worked because it effectively created a two-factor form of authentication, as people would require a physical token, such as a bank card, and their password.
However, in the digital world, no token is required, and people often tend to opt for simple passwords, or variations of the same one across multiple platforms. This leaves the door open for hackers to use techniques which exploit weak passwords – just as we’ve seen in the Citrix hack.
However, advancements in biometric technology means that weak passwords will be a thing of the past, replaced by a far more secure method of authentication: our voice.
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