Read the passage.
Biometrics: The Science of Security?
In order to use our office computer or check our e
mail, we need a password. Passwords help protect our
personal information. Most of us use more than one password. We need to remember different passw
for our bank accounts and for our credit cards. Many of us have trouble remembering all those letters and
numbers. Even worse, a thief can steal a password. Then our personal information is no longer safe or
There is a new science that can
help protect the safety of personal information. This science is called
biometrics. Every individual has unique characteristics. Biometrics identifies each person by his or her
face, voice, or fingerprints. Biometrics is used in many places already. For ex
ample, the police use the
science of biometrics to catch criminals. The police show photos of the faces of criminals to victims. The
police match fingerprint samples from a crime scene to a list of suspects. The police can match voices on
s is a safer and more personalized way of identification. It helps banks and other organizations
protect their clients from fraud. Thieves can steal passwords and credit card numbers. In public places,
anyone can look over your shoulder when you are using
your password. However, it isn’t easy for a
stranger to steal your fingerprint or to give a false voice sample.
Biometrics also allows you to replace your user name and password with your fingerprint. When you
want to use the Internet, all you have to do
is touch the screen. The system scans your fingerprint and
knows you are the right user.
This science can give you a more independent lifestyle. You don’t need to carry a lot of cards. You don’t
need to remember passwords. All you have to do is speak, to
uch a screen, or look into a camera.
Biometrics does the rest. It is that easy.
Some experts believe that biometrics doesn’t support the right to privacy. For example, large corporations
that use face recognition are able to monitor their employees. Comp
anies can see where the employees go
and who they are with at all times. A lot of people don’t like this. Employees think their employers don’t
Even though there are some concerns, biometrics is becoming more and more popular. With time, we w
know all the benefits and threats of this new science.
Choose the best answer.
What is the main topic of the passage?
What do passwords do?
They protect personal information.
They check your
They identify your employer.
They make personal information unsafe.
What is true about passwords?
People use them all the time.
They can be stolen.
People can forget them.
all of the above
What are some characteristics
used in biometrics?
safety and privacy
voice, fingerprints, face
face, voice, fingernails
What is true of biometrics?
It is more personalized.
Everyone will need a credit card.
No one uses biometrics yet.
cs is used by all employers.
What do some experts have concerns about?
What can happen with face recognition?
Employees can monitor passwords.
Thieves can steal passwords
Employees can monitor their employers.
Employers can monitor their employees.
What will reveal the benefits and threats of biometrics?
True or False
Biometrics is used to catch c
Biometrics is becoming a popular choice.
Biometrics presents some threats to privacy.
Biometrics makes everyday life more complicated.
Biometrics identifies people by their characteristics.