Mastercard Brings ‘Selfie Pay’ to the UK

Following the news that Mastercard is bringing ‘selfie pay’ to the UK, allowing consumers to scan fingerprints or take selfies to complete an online purchase, Security experts from Intel Security and Yoti have the following comments on it.

[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Raj Samani, CTO for Intel Security EMEA:

“The news that MasterCard will bring facial recognition payment services to the UK is much welcome. In today’s technology driven world, it’s about time passwords caught up and evolved with it, because the reality is there have been many developments in the security industry that don’t rely on consumer memory to keep information secure anymore – one being biometric security. Biometric security can identify unique qualities of the user, such as the distance between their nose and mouth for example, to unlock their own digital world, which at Intel Security we do through our True Key app. Biometrics removes the need for users to resort to writing their passwords in notebooks where they can easily be stolen or copied. Instead, consumers are safe in the knowledge that their own personal characteristics are keeping them safe”.[/su_note]

[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Paco Garcia, CTO, Yoti:

“MasterCard’s announcement is part of a larger movement towards allowing people to prove who they are, simply by taking a selfie.By offering an alternative to the hassle of remembering passwords and usernames, they are making their customers’ lives easier and more secure. The key challenge for any of the selfie authentication solutions we are seeing emerge at the moment is ensuring the right live person is in front of their phone”.[/su_note]

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