TSB bank customers will soon be able to access their bank accounts using an eye scanner

Iris recognition is the most secure form of identification currently available and the human eye is far more unique to each individual than a fingerprint, according to the lender

Ben Chapman
Thursday 20 July 2017 15:58
Comments

TSB customers will soon be able to access their mobile banking app by scanning their eye using a smartphone camera, as the lender becomes the first in Europe to introduce the biometric technology.

Iris recognition is the most secure form of identification currently available and the human eye is far more unique to each individual than a fingerprint, according to the lender. It also means customers will be able to access accounts simply by looking at their phones, with no need to enter an ID or password.

The new feature will initially only be available to customers with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, both of which are equipped with the technology.

Iris scanners are expected to become common features in the next generation of smartphones but have yet to have much success.

The Galaxy Note 7 was the first to incorporate an iris scanner but dozens of the phones caught fire, eventually forcing Samsung to recall the product completely. Its replacement, the S8, launched earlier this year.

Cyber security experts have warned that while the biometric features are a positive step, they can still be compromised.

German hackers were recently able to trick a Samsung Galaxy S8's iris scanner with a picture of the device owner's eye and a contact lens.

Etienne Greeff, co-founder of cyber security firm SecureData, told the Press Association that the implications for consumers, should their account be hacked, could be long-lasting.

“What happens when your biometric security settings are hacked? You can't change your voice, you can't replace your eyes, you can't reset your fingerprints,” he said.

“It's good to see businesses like TSB looking to replace passwords, which are flimsy and easily breached, but hackers are wise to biometrics and it won't stop them from trying to get their hands on your data.”

TSB's chief information officer Carlos Abarca said: “Iris recognition allows you to unlock your TSB mobile app with a simple glance, meaning all of those IDs, passwords and memorable information become a thing of the past”.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in