An IBM study ensures that new generations prefer this technology to passwords and PINS.

It is increasingly common that new smartphones that come to the market incorporate some biometric security technology, fingerprint recognition, facial, voice … This technology provides greater security and protection with respect to the classic passwords that are forgotten if we have a different for each application or if the same password is always used, the risk is even greater.

A study conducted by IBM reveals that 67% of users around the world feel more comfortable using biometric technologies , however, as regards the Spanish, is the second country in the European Union in which citizens are more concerned about the risks involved in the use of this technology.

The ” IBM Security Future of Identity “, based on more than 4,000 interviews conducted with citizens around the world, concludes that the most relevant factor for most users is security and not the comfort it was believed. For example, more than 70% value safety over convenience when using financial applications , as well as making purchases online or any application related to work.

On the contrary, both factors are equal when it comes to accessing social networks. Privacy and security no longer seem so relevant when our most personal profiles are at stake. In this area, comfort wins with 36%.

Although it is still a very new technology and that is not available to the vast majority, it seems that in the future biometrics will be the preferred method of protection and authentication. Within the biometrics, the use of fingerprint readers stands out with 44% as the safest method. It is the most known and used method in new devices, although more and more others are seen such as facial recognition, voice authentication or the recognition of the veins in the palm of the hand .

As usual, younger people are more willing to give advances or changes a chance. The IBM study details how the generational difference seems to influence the use of passwords or biometric techniques. While people older than 55 years are still more faithful to the use of passwords and use an average of 12 different passwords. However, 75% of people between 20 and 36 years old feel more comfortable using biometrics and this generation usually uses the same password several times.

Finally, the study makes a balance by geographical areas in which the biometric technology most valued by Asian citizens with 78%, compared to Europeans and Americans who are closer to 50%.