Lin 1 Hank Lin Ms. Pedro English 101 October 15, 2014 Access Granted Biometrics devices authenticate a person’s identity by verifying unique personal characteristics. These devices translate a biometric identifier, such as a fingerprint, into a digital code that is compared with a digital code stored in a computer. If the digital code in the computer matches the personal characteristic code, the computer grants access. Examples of biometric include fingerprint readers and face recognition systems. A fingerprint reader, or scanner, captures curves and indentations of a fingerprint. Organizations use fingerprint readers to secure doors, computers, and software. For example, a fingerprint reader can be set up to authenticate users before they can access a computer (Rossi). External fingerprint readers usually plug into a USB port. To save on desk space, some laptops include built-in fingerprint readers.1 A face recognition system captures a live face image and compares it with a stored image to determine if the person is a legitimate user. Some buildings use face recognition systems to secure access to rooms. Law enforcement, surveillance systems, and airports use face recognition systems to protect the public. Some mobile devices use face recognition systems to unlock the 1 Nadeer and White state that fingerprint readers can perform different functions for different fingers; for example, one finger runs a program and another finger shuts down the computer (62-63). Lin 2 device. Face recognition systems are becoming more sophisticated and can recognize people with or without glasses, hats, facial hair, makeup, or jewelry, and with new hairstyle (Allensmith). Home and business users alike are using biometric security. Through a biometric identifier, such as a fingerprint, biometric devices can deny or grant access to programs, devices, computers, rooms, and other locations. Biometric devices are an effective security technology. Lin 3 Works Cited Allensmith, Samantha Clare. Understanding Face Recognition Systems. n.d. Course Technology. Web. 16 Sept. 2014. Nadeer, Aisha Sati and Jonathan Richard White. Biometric Security. Chicago: Windy City Press, 2014. Print. Rossi, Marcell Enrico. "Understanding How to Use Fingerprint Readers." Digital Security Review Aug. 2014: n. pag. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.