International Biometrics

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Using biometrics to verify one’s identity is no longer a hypothesized scenario of the future, but today’s reality.

A survey by the Consumer Technology Association found that 90% of U.S. consumers are familiar with some form of biometric technology (thumbprints, facial and iris recognition), and 62% said they are comfortable with the use of it.

The use and implementation of biometric data to verify and authenticate identities is becoming a global trend.

UK: Consumers Demand Biometric Security Features for Banking

This past summer the U.K.-based bank HSBC introduced voice recognition and touch ID services to 15 million customers, in response to boost their security measures after a recent online cyber attack.

Over a third of British consumers will choose a bank based on the security measures, and 26% believe that banks could have higher security measures that protect customer’s data from hackers.

The “2016 Future Password Index”, release by the Intelligent Environment, shows that UK consumers are open to using biometric security features.

60% of UK consumers would use iris recognition and 54% said they would use fingerprint scanners.

In this day and age when bank data breaches are becoming a trend, 51% of UK banking customers expects banks to have more innovative security measures.

Banks and businesses that are interested in using biometrics to protect their customer’s data should consider using Gardevant™. With encryption and multimodal biometric security features, the Gardevant™ card authenticates, verifies and protects cardholders’ identities and prevents credit card and identity fraud.

Germany: Protecting Commuters at Train Stations

 Facial recognition video surveillance will be tested in several of Germany’s train stations according to a leaked parliamentary document. The use of facial recognition software is part of a draft law that will increase video surveillance in public spaces across the country and find terrorist suspects.

Some German citizens are in objection to video surveillance based off of the argument of the right to privacy, but the federal police already have access to 6,400 cameras and 1,730 cameras installed at Germany’s five largest airports. 

Turkey: Monitor Country Entry & Exit

Early in 2016 Turkey and the EU decided to use biometric passports to record the entry of Turkey migrants into Europe.

The card acts as a biometric passport that holds the user’s biometric data and fingerprint information and personal information such as the name, birthplace, and passport number.

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Avoid Credit Card Fraud During the Holidays

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The holidays are here and hackers are ready to steal credit card information from unsuspecting shoppers.

The New York Times reported that in late November hackers placed hundreds of faux apps in Apple’s App store, in an effort to trick consumers and collect their data.

People spend billions of dollars in stores and online during the holidays.  American’s do almost half of their holiday shopping online. Experts project that profits will reach $105 billion.*

Many hackers take advantage of this online shopping trend and target shoppers’ bank accounts.  In 2015, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the average daily number of malware infections was up 84% compared to the previous month.

Don’t fall victim to credit card fraud with these tips.

 

  1. Don’t Use Debit Cards

When you use a debit card for online purchases, a hacker can pull money directly out of your checking account. Avoid using debit cards and instead choose a credit card with added protection to make online purchases to prevent thieves from spending all your funds.

 

  1. Don’t Use Public WIFI

Start and finish all holiday shopping at home with the protection of your own WIFI.  You don’t know the security levels of public WIFI. A hacker can hack into the network and access all online shopping information.  Some hackers even create counterfeit WIFI networks to attract people.  A rule of thumb to test whether a WIFI network is legitimate is whether it requires a password or not.  If a WIFI network doesn’t need a password, be advised it may be a trap.

Harris Poll conducted a study and found that one in five consumers made a sale on their phone on an unsecured WiFi connection.  15 % have conducted other financial transactions like online banking or bill pay.

 

  1. Is That Website Secure?

Make your purchases only on websites that use encryption to protect your private information.   Scan your web browser for a padlock icon, each time you consider making a transaction.  All websites with the padlock icon signify that the website has encryption as an extra layer of security.

 

  1. Use a card with biometric authentication GardevantCard

Protect yourself against credit card fraud with an encrypted, and multimodal biometric card that authenticates, verifies and protects the cardholder’s identity: The Gardevant Card

With an added layer of security, the Gardevant Card uses biometric authentication to keep all users safe while online shopping. A fingerprint scan is required to complete any purchase.  Use the Gardevant Card to be in full control of your finances.

For more information, go to Macate.com  or contact info@gardevant.com to set up an appointment and see what Gardevant can do for you!

 

 

* The National Retail Federation (NRF)

 

 

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The financial services industry lost $3.2 billion last year due to online credit card fraudulent charges. By 2020 credit card fraud will exceed $10 billion.

Luckily, there is now a viable solution to credit card theft.

The Gardevant Card is a patented, biometric card that authenticates, verifies and protects card holders’ identities for every purchase.

The Gardevant Card made its official debut at Money 20/20 this year, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

Biometrics used to prevent credit card and identity fraud was a hot topic at this leading financial service industry conference. Speakers on the Biometrics Panel all agreed that the PIN and password are weak safeguards, and more effective authentication methods are needed for truly secure payments.

Gardevant understands the stress and consequences of credit card and identity fraud: damaged credit, endless phone calls, uncertainty and financial loss. Gardevant is the solution to solving these pain points

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