Bank customers to use their eyes as accounts’ passwords in UK

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From September customers of TSB, a popular bank in the UK, will begin to login to their accounts online with their eyes as their passwords.

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This will be made possible following the bank’s plan to introduce iris recognition to its mobile banking app.

Iris recognition, according to wikipedia, is an automated method of biometric identification that uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques on video images of one or both of the irises of an individual’s eyes.

TSB will be the first bank in Europe to introduce the technology. However, its arrival will test customers’ trust in biometric technology.

BBC reports that customers will need the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 to use the new way of accessing their TSB accounts.

Once they have registered their irises, they will be able to log in by simply looking at the phone.

“It takes advantage of 266 different characteristics, compared with 40 for fingerprints. It’s extremely fast – it takes less than a second to get in – and the gesture is very natural. And you don’t have to remember secret numbers or passwords,” TSB’s chief information officer Carlos Abarca was quoted as saying.

The report said the German hacking group, the Chaos Computer Club, in May, stated that it had fooled Samsung’s iris scanner with a photo used to make a dummy eye.

But Samsung insisted that it would take an extraordinary set of circumstances, where someone had access to both the phone and a high definition photo of its owner’s eye, to beat its system, the report said.

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