Is Face ID safer than password?

Answered by Frank Schwing

In my personal experience, I have found that relying solely on biometrics, such as Face ID, for authentication can be risky. While it may seem like a convenient and secure option, it is important to recognize that biometrics have their own set of weaknesses.

One of the major concerns with relying solely on biometrics is that they are not infallible. Biometric systems can be fooled or bypassed through various means. For example, facial recognition technology can be tricked with a high-resolution photo or even a 3D mask of someone’s face. This means that someone with malicious intent could potentially gain unauthorized access to your device or accounts.

Furthermore, biometric data, such as facial scans, fingerprints, or iris patterns, can be stolen or compromised. Unlike a password, which can be changed if it is compromised, biometric data is permanent and cannot be easily altered. Once your biometric data is compromised, it is compromised for life, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft or unauthorized access.

Another issue with relying solely on biometrics is that they are not universally supported across all devices and platforms. While Face ID may be available on the latest iPhone models, it may not be an option on older devices or on devices from different manufacturers. This can create compatibility issues and limit your ability to use biometrics as your sole authentication method.

That’s why I believe that the only truly secure authentication choice is multifactor authentication (MFA). MFA combines multiple authentication factors, such as something you know (e.g., a password), something you have (e.g., a physical token or smartphone), and something you are (e.g., biometric data). By requiring multiple factors to authenticate, MFA adds an extra layer of security and reduces the chances of unauthorized access.

In my personal experience, using MFA has provided me with peace of mind knowing that even if one factor is compromised, there are still additional layers of security in place. For example, even if someone manages to steal my password, they would still need physical possession of my smartphone or another authentication device to gain access.

To summarize, while biometrics like Face ID may offer convenience, they are not without their flaws. No authentication method is perfect, and relying solely on biometrics can leave you vulnerable to various attacks and compromises. Therefore, I strongly advocate for the use of multifactor authentication as the most secure choice for protecting your devices and accounts.