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How it works: Iris scanning improves smartphone security

Lamont Wood | Sept. 9, 2016
More vendors are incorporating this high-level technology into their mobile devices.

"It would take a covert operation to even attempt a surreptitious iris scan -- you'd be getting into the James Bond world," Brasen adds. But he also predicts the appearance of "eye-scan phishing" devices in public places that will attempt to get iris scans through false pretenses.

Meanwhile, there have been no reported cases of biometric descriptions being stolen, Dickson says.

Moorhead is more cautious about iris-based security. "Every biometric security implementation needs to be examined by third-party researchers, and that has not happened yet with iris scanning. But iris scanning should be the wave of the future if it's as good as they say," says Moorhead.

 

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