Samsung’s new AIO smart fingerprint security for credit cards
Biometrics continues to grow in popularity for security at all levels. From using your fingers to log into your favorite websites via a password manager like Dashlane to unlocking your favorite mobile devices or fancy USB dongles that can be used as 2FA (two-factor authentication) solutions. solid.
Using your fingerprint to gain access beats everything (mostly) thanks to the convenience and stronger protection over passwords or PINs (hard to remember unless they’re incredibly easy to decipher). So it makes sense that everyone is rushing to add biometrics to almost everything.
Now, Samsung has a fingerprint security IC the company is working on that can fit into the small space of a credit card. This means that not only can your credit card contain a chip, but your fingerprint can act as a secure two-factor authenticator with every transaction. This is better than matching your signature to the back of the card (which no one does anymore if you haven’t already noticed)
The new fingerprint security IC has built-in anti-spoofing capabilities that help prevent attempts to bypass it using a fake fingerprint (which is what you usually see in those movies or TV shows crazy Oceans Eleven style TV shows where someone tries to lift a fingerprint to try and use it to gain access to something).
This is a big step towards a safer future in transactions and hopefully fewer cases of theft (hopefully). Things have gotten so bad with information leaks and hidden credit card scanners that hackers like to sneak into ATMs or gas pumps. Eventually, we might even have cards that read our DNA when you use them.
Again, “if man can make it, man can break it”. If anything, it at least gives us a small head start against the bad guys.
You may see this technology rolling out to credit cards in the near future. More likely you will be because having fingerprint readers on credit cards doesn’t make sense, after all.