Exploring Biometrics Within PaymentsNew Guest Feature by Monica Eaton Featured on Biometric Update

February 27, 2023 | 2 min read

Biometric Update

Chargebacks911® Founder Monica Eaton shared her take on the prospect of new biometric technologies changing the way we conduct payments in a new feature for Biometric Update.

Biometric Update is a leading news property that publishes shareable breaking news, analysis, and research about the global biometrics market. They provide the world’s leading news coverage and information on the global biometric technology market via the web and an exclusive daily newsletter.

As noted in the piece, biometrics are an inherently more secure form of identity verification. This is because biometrics are based on inherence, rather than knowledge (i.e. passwords), or mere physical possession of a payment card. as Monica explains, inherence is more secure “because the method of verification is physiological, making it much harder to copy someone’s physical features like a fingerprint than to replicate a plastic card or a password.”

Unfortunately, biometric usage for payment security remains limited. Part of the problem is that biometrics require additional hardware, which is not widely available outside of mobile channels.

“First, it cannot be relied upon for a fingerprint scanner or smartphone camera to be available at every transaction,” Monica explains. “While consumers can use biometric authorization on most mobile devices, desktops still make up a large portion of eCommerce sales.”

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