If you have a recent smartphone, chances are you unlock it using facial recognition or your fingerprint—in other words, biometrics. They are great for convenience and, for the most part, safety—but this doesn’t mean your biometric data is totally untouched by identity theft.
Since biometric data has a high level of sensitivity, it tends to be more secure. But if it is compromised, that’s when identity theft could elevate to a level beyond your control.
“If your password or credit card gets stolen, typically you can replace it,” says Padinjaruveetil. “But if your fingerprint gets stolen, you can’t get a new finger. There’s a lot of real concerns around using biometrics.”
Only use biometrics in a few places. Limit using your fingerprint or face ID to just unlocking your devices and other places where your biometrics will only be stored on your device (versus on a server that could be accessed by thieves).
Keep your devices updated. When you get a notification to update your device, do it sooner rather than later. The updated software can employ new technology that continues to keep your biometric data safe and secure.
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