The Rise of Biometrics on Mobile Devices – Is It Safe?

Eye scanners, facial recognition systems and fingerprint readers on mobile devices have been featured in Hollywood’s action-packed spy thrillers and sci-fi movies for years—portraying these devices as hack-proof and the future of security, identity and true authentication.

Now, thanks to companies like Apple, Samsung and NTT DOCOMO (which uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID), biometric authentication in mobile devices is becoming a reality, and the amount of mobile manufacturers installing biometric authentication in devices as a means of security continues to surge in popularity. In fact, in a recent report, the worldwide mobile biometrics market will reach $3.5 billion by 2024, growing from a base of $259 million in 2015.

But, is the technology installed in these devices actually secure and safe for consumers?

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