Covid-19: Testing and Washing versus Face Mask
The world’s most famous/infamous politician and his subordinates are reported to have claimed that testing regularly and washing hands frequently are as effective as or even more effective than wearing a face mask for not infecting corona virus, whereas scientists have declared that a face mask is imperative and the regular testing and hand washing should be added on top of wearing a face mask. I am absolutely with the scientists.
Puzzled about what I want to talk about? Well, I am talking about the biometrics vendors who have long been claiming that biometrics used with a default password/pincode in a security-lowering ‘A or B’ multi-entrance deployment provides the same sort of security that is achieved by two authenticators used in a security-enhancing ‘A & B’ multi-layer deployment.
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Biometrics Guys! Refute me to get me humiliated.
How would you react if you see a car manufacturer who refuses to talk about the braking distance? Or, a pharmaceutical company who escapes the talk of the ingredients and side-effects of a drug?
I have been asking biometrics vendors the following questions for nearly two decades.
(1) What is the empirical False Rejection rate your product achieves when the corresponding False Acceptance rate is set in the order of 0.01%?
(2) What would the user be expected to do when they get falsely rejected?
The results? - Silence year after year.
I am now under the impression that there is a comfortable ecosystem collectively built among (1) biometrics vendors who rake up quick money by spreading a false sense of security, (2) tech/biz media and event organizers who are heavily paid by the biometrics vendors as sponsors and in return assist biometrics vendors to rake up more money and (3) quite a few security professionals who enjoy sizeable benefits by touting the mirage merits of biometrics while turning a blind eye to its security-lowering effects.