Biometric security technology: The safest types

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  • What is two-factor authentication?

    In this Ask the Expert Q&A, our identity and access management expert explains what two-factor authentication is and how it protects you from hackers. 

  • electro-optical fingerprint recognition

    Electro-optical fingerprint recognition is a biometric technology that provides for the scanning, comparison, and identification of fingerprints without the traditional need for ink and paper. 

  • ridge

    In the biometric process of fingerscanning, a ridge is a curved line in a finger image. 

  • minutiae

    In the biometric process of fingerscanning, minutiae are specific points in a finger image. 

  • goat

    In biometric verification, a goat is a system end-user who is refused access to the system because their biometric data pattern is outside the range recognized by the system. 

  • injectable ID chip (biochip transponder)

    An injectable ID chip, also called a biochip transponder, is an electronic device that is inserted under the skin of an animal to provide the animal with a unique identification number. 

  • false acceptance (type II error)

    False acceptance, also called a type II error, is a mistake occasionally made by biometric security systems. 

  • fingerscanning (fingerprint scanning)

    Fingerscanning, also called fingerprint scanning, is the process of electronically obtaining and storing human fingerprints. 

  • false rejection (type I error)

    False rejection, also called a type I error, is a mistake occasionally made by biometric security systems. 

  • VeriChip

    VeriChip is an injectable identification chip that can be inserted under the skin of a human being to provide biometric verification.