Protecting one’s privacy is a concern for everyone.  Yet in today’s environment of mobile devices and 24/7 electronic communication it’s virtually impossible to not feel exposed and somewhat vulnerable to the potential of someone or something compromising your privacy.

There was a record 13.1 Million victims of identity theft in 2013 (Up 26.1% from 2012).
That’s a new victim every two seconds.

ID Theft Report

Our society requires that we share our personal information with others and we do so every time we fill out a job application, visit a doctor or apply for a driver’s license.  In order to participate in government, healthcare and educational programs we must share our personal information with employees of the organization – it’s the price we pay for participating.  Healthcare in particular, is an area where there is a need to secure and appropriately share private / sensitive data on a regular basis.  Physicians and nurses must be able to positively identify patients when they’re prescribing medicines and treatments; because one mistake could prove fatal.


Healthcare organizations must also manage the risk of protecting patient data; a that risk will continue to increase in the future.  Compliance guidelines require that patient’s electronic medical records offer a congruence of clinical  information that can be transparently accessed and shared to improve communication and care from provider to provider.  The open network philosophy is particularly effective when patients are incapacitated.  Therefore, even though your medical records are personal and something you want to protect, by nature your data will have to live in a shared environment.

Personal information can be separated into four distinct categories.  You have your clinical data, which includes blood type, allergies to medications and current health condition / requirements.  You have your daily life data; this includes passwords and PINS that you use to access applications and ID cards you might use to gain physical access.  You also have your identity information, such as social security number, mother’s maiden name and place of birth.  Lastly, we each have our biometric data, which is the only “secure unique” identifier.

There’s an ongoing debate over privacy.  Certainly everyone has a right to their privacy, but one does not have a right to anonymity.  Not if they plan on being part of society and participating in healthcare, government or educational programs.

Thus if you’re somewhat forced to share / exposure your personal data in order to reap the benefits of participating in national programs, how can you best protect yourself?

We suggest that biometric authentication will emerge as the global standard for identification.  Passwords, PIN’s, cards and tokens have all proven costly and vulnerable, as witnessed by the record number of data breaches and increase in identity theft.

people_standing biometric numbers

To provide a catalyst for the adoption of fingerprint authentication,  BIO-key is introducing a series of fingerprint readers that will revolutionize the market from a price and ease of use standpoint.

SideSwipe is a diminutive, durable, mobile, mini-fingerprint reader that operates on any device with a USB port.  SideSwipe is offered at a groundbreaking pricepoint and the shell can be customized with the customer’s logo / icon; offering a unique branding opportunity.

SideSwipe with Finger


By introducing a low-cost, high performance mini-fingerprint reader we enable industries such as banking and financial services  to offer unique security and loyalty programs to their customers.

Fingerprint authentication / identification has been utilized for decades, primarily by law enforcement.  It has consistently proven to be the most accurate way to identify a person.  Today the stigma that fingerprint technology only serves a purpose for law enforcement or government agencies has been removed.  The consumer viewpoint on the technology is evolving and fingerprint ID is no longer perceived as a threat.  Instead, we are learning that when we identify using our fingerprint we have created the perfect marriage of security and convenience.  This is why so many leading manufactures and integrators are making sure that fingerprint biometric authentication is on their solution roadmap.

Embrace the migration to fingerprint authentication.  It will allow you to retire your passwords.

So if you have nothing to hide……just lower your finger and slide.