About a third of adults do not have secure access to a mobile phone, research has shown

They focused on awareness of biometrics, systems based on unique characteristics such as fingerprints or irises. The systems are used to secure travel documents or mobile phones. The results of the Czech News Agency were provided by Gabriela Peringerová from the University Department of Communication.

The survey included 2341 adult respondents and 363 primary and secondary school pupils. Information technology is most often used by young people. After the age of 50, the utilization rate is falling sharply. Among people in their 70s and older, the proportion of active Internet users is falling to 39 percent. “At the same time, it is true that seniors use the Internet either on a daily basis or, in fact, not at all,” said Marcela Petrová Kafková, project team leader.

The data showed that seniors are a diverse population and their knowledge varies greatly. Seniors are slightly more active users than seniors, but their knowledge is lower. The turning point is fifty. “For women without a high school diploma, the group over the age of 50 is already at risk; for men without a high school diploma, knowledge decreases significantly after reaching the age of 55,” said Tomáš Doseděl, a member of the research team.

More than 30 percent of adults do not have secure access to their mobile phones. About two percent of minors are minors, and 72 percent are in the oldest group. Of those who lock the cell phone, 35 percent have a PIN or password set, 17 percent use point matching, 28 percent have fingerprint recognition, five percent face recognition, and one percent iris recognition. According to experts, biometric methods bring a higher level of security.

Roughly two-thirds of respondents believe that a functional copy of a fingerprint can be created based on stolen data, and more than half believe that it is enough to separate the relevant part of the body and use it to unlock it. “Ideally, none of these procedures should work. Biometric systems do not store the entire fingerprint, but only its selected characteristics. The system should also perform a so-called liveness test to detect similar attempts at forgery,” said Doseděl.

Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.

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