1. Don’t recklessly leave voice samples on the internet. Take control of what you post.
    You can already create voice replicas based on several-second recordings. The fewer recordings left in the public domain, the less likely it is that a voice pattern will be created to be used for dishonest purposes. Conscious voice management reduces the risk of theft.

  2. Have limited trust in voice assistants and people whose voice sounds suspicious.
    In case you are not sure whether the person on the other end of the handset is who they claim to be, hang up and contact this person again to confirm the compatibility.

  3. Use strong multi-factor authentication (2-3 factor authentication) when logging in.
    This type of multi-factor authentication, in particular based on voice biometrics (e.g. VoiceToken), is 100% safe and effective. What it is and how it works you can read at the link.

  4. On personal devices (computer, laptop, smartphone) use professional voice biometric systems.
    In this way, you will avoid extortion or loss of image by a potential fraudster impersonating another person for dishonest purposes.

  5. Use available systems for evaluating the viability (or veracity) of a voice stream source.

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Personal data is any information that enables the identification of a specific person. e.g. name and surname, PESEL number, address, date of birth, but also biometric data such as face or voice. Pursuant to the Act of May 10, 2018, each of these data is protected. Personal data protection is a set of laws and regulations designed to protect the privacy* of individuals. The rights concern the methods of processing, creating and collecting personal data, including by companies and service providers. In the era of the development of digital services and artificial intelligence, the protection of privacy, in particular biometric data, takes on a whole new meaning.

The voice is the source of information. Why is it worth protecting?

Voice in biometrics is a source of knowledge about a person. On the basis of the voice, i.e. a unique biometric feature, it is possible not only to identify, but also, according to many studies, thanks to advanced algorithms to determine age, gender, social status and even emotional state or determine the diseases that a given person suffers from. When subjected to effective analysis, it can be used to create even complete profiles of people. Biometric features play a huge role in identifying identity, simplifying everyday functioning in various areas of life, but when they fall into the wrong hands, they can be used in a dishonest way and reveal knowledge that we would not like. Therefore, it is extremely important that biometric data is rationally used and protected. The regulations governing the protection of personal data require constant updating due to rapidly changing market conditions, digital technological advances and the increasing use of biometrics.

Voice samples and security. Real threats   

In order to use the voice biometric services, it is necessary to provide your unique VoicePrint, i.e. a voice pattern created on the basis of a voice sample. VoicePrint is an encrypted code consisting of behavioral and physical characteristics, used to verify the identity of the person for whom it was created. Voice samples recorded for the purpose of creating VoicePrint should be collected only with the consent of the person concerned and processed for the purpose for which they were collected, in accordance with the applicable GDPR. Usually, this is additionally regulated by the contract concluded with the client by the service provider (a company or institution providing voice-based services). Importantly, voice samples are used only to create VoicePrints – after creating them, they are immediately deleted. VoicePrints are stored in databases while we are customers. When resigning from the VoicePrint service, they should also be removed from the database. The contract and the method of data storage should guarantee full security of biometric data, similarly to traditional data.

It is worth remembering that voice samples left knowingly or not in the public domain may be tempting to process them and obtain sensitive information. Processing voice recordings (synthesis or conversion) to steal voice is a common practice used by hackers. Progressive research works provide more and more new algorithms to counteract such situations. One of the latest works carried out by BiomterIQ is innovative protections of voice streams, which may soon effectively eliminate voice theft based on recordings.

Is there a place for ethical activities in biometrics?

Ethical issues are a very important point to consider in the context of protecting the privacy of biometric data, including voice.

According to experts from the EP Think Tank (a draft regulation on artificial intelligence), the main problem is the registration of voice samples itself, which involves the creation of a unique biometric template that identifies a given person. Experts believe that “creating biometric templates means converting unique physical features into digital data, which leads to the creation of more and more data and reliance on algorithms. Due to the fact that the features that uniquely identify a person are related to the description of their body parts, their collection and use violates personal autonomy and human dignity. What’s more, anyone who in the future comes into possession of templates has the ability to track a person anywhere in the world and for any purpose. Man cannot protect himself from this because he cannot change his identifiers.”
And what is your opinion?

Undoubtedly, it seems necessary to create a separate “code” regulating the collection, processing and use of biometric data, while preserving the right to privacy in the broadest aspect of this meaning. The implementation of voice biometrics on a large scale will depend on this – says Director of BiometrIQ Andrzej Tymecki.


*Privacy (from Latin privatus ‘personal, pertaining to a person, ordinary, not pertaining to the state’) – the right of an individual to live their own life, arranged according to their will, with all external interference limited to a minimum.

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Voice biometrics technologies are already so developed that literally a dozen or so seconds of speech are enough for the system to recognize whether the person who wants to authenticate is who he claims to be. More and more perfect biometric systems, including voice recognition and synthesis, begin to gain in value every year in the context of their common applications. More and more research is being conducted on the development of biometric technologies. The forecasted biometrics market, according to “Biometric System Market in the Global Forecast to 2022 report”, last year reached USD 32.5 billion and we can expect its further growth. The premise for this is, for example, the latest agenda of the US Government, which encourages investment in modern solutions of identity verification based on biometrics. The main reason is the security and availability that these solutions can offer.

It is not without reason that biometric solutions, mainly based on a fingerprint, face or iris scanning, were the first to be used in financial institutions to confirm identity. We are talking about logging in to the mobile application or the recently introduced authorization of payments using fingerprints (biometric card implemented by Bank Pocztowy). Some banks, in accordance with the latest trends, are becoming more and more interested in voice biometrics. Trust in voice authentication is growing. The research shows that 50% of the society is convinced of this form of authorization. There are tests and first implementations (Bank Zachodni WBK, present Santander). Voice biometrics convinces with a high level of security and the possibility of using it in remote channels, without access to the office. It is these two factors that may determine the use of voice biometrics for payment authorization in the near future. This is confirmed by experts from EY, who claim that the universality of voice payments will depend on the readiness of technology and measures ensuring 100% security and privacy.

Is voice biometrics reserved only for banks? Well, nothing could be more wrong. More and more institutions and companies from the trade, health, property protection and even media sectors will decide to implement voice biometric systems. Being modern, using the latest trends and available technologies based on neural networks is not only a privilege but a necessity in building a competitive offer, gaining and retaining customers. The spread of remote channels and new forms of online service, such as v-commerce (voice shopping), are additional factors driving the development of voice biometrics. Guarantee of security of this type of solutions, availability and at the same time naturalness of use and convenience mean that investments in services based on voice biometrics can only pay off.

Orange and T-Mobile telecoms know this, as they were the first in Poland to implement voice technology on hotlines, focusing on comfort and significantly reducing service costs. The voice authentication of the orange operator is used by tens of thousands of individual customers. The Turkish operator Turkcell can also boast of implementation on a larger scale, reaching several million users.

Emirates with the advent of the pandemic at Dubai Airport introduced smart, contactless airport experience based on facial and iris recognition technology. This is how Emirates passengers can check in before their flight, complete immigration formalities, access the lounge and board the aircraft. Biometric boarding based on facial recognition has also been used by Brazilian carriers GOL and LATAM for almost a year at 3 airports in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Santos Dumont. The implementation of voice biometrics in this area seems to be only a matter of time.
Airports are one of the places that, due to the service of a huge number of passengers, will strive to automate the service process and implement more and more modern ways of fast, safe and convenient service for passengers – the combination of face or iris scanning technology with the unique feature of the voice can significantly improve the passenger experience. Voice as a non-contact form of authorization has a chance to work best here.

Voice biometrics can also come to quite unusual industries, such as the hotel industry or gastronomy. Due to the growing labor costs of economy hotels in connection with the reduction of the human factor as well as the growing trend of spontaneous travel, remote forms of self-service (self-check-in technologies) will become more and more popular. It is therefore possible that in a few or a dozen or so years, the guest will check in using a smartphone and open the hotel door with her voice.

Advanced voice biometrics systems are also an excellent “weapon” to fight online abuses based on voice, effectively preventing its theft. The emerging algorithms are already able to distinguish an artificial voice from a real one with almost 100% certainty.

In fact, it can be said that voice biometrics will eventually appear in every aspect of our lives. because speech is the most natural mechanism of communication between people. It is estimated that the global voice biometrics market will increase even 3 times by 2024.

sources: newseria.pl, ryneklotniczy.pl, spiderweb.pl, infowire.pl, own studies

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Just entering the password for the user when logging in may not be enough. More and more frequent attacks in the cyber network aimed at identity theft have made it necessary to strengthen the protection of existing authorization methods. Multi-factor authentication has become widespread. Banks and other payment institutions, in order to improve security, have been obliged under the PSD2 Directive *) to introduce strong multi-factor authentication (at least two-stage), which, due to its effectiveness, is also used to secure accounts and systems not only in banks.

What is multi-factor authentication?

Multi-factor authentication (most often used as two-factor authentification (2FA) is an effective method of securing accounts by using an additional verification factor in addition to the password.
The point is that after traditional authorization, we are talking about logging in with a username and password, additional authentication is required in a different way, independent of the previous method, by means of additional identifying elements. Such an element can be a USB key or biometric features – fingerprints, pupil, face and voice. Available research shows that from the point of view of online criminals, it is biometric security that is much more difficult to circumvent. Thanks to the high reliability of biometric systems, this type of authentication has a chance to develop the fastest.

VoiceToken as one of the multi-factor authorization methods

While touch biometrics in the form of fingerprints or face scanning have already settled in our lives for good, voice authentication is still not as common as we would like. For no reason at all, because multi-factor authentication, which uses voice, is a very strong type of authorization. This is the case with the VoiceToken solution, an original idea of ​​BiometrIQ. VoiceToken authentication provides double authentication. While the words are spoken, the compliance of the read words (first step) with the pattern as well as the biometric compatibility of the speaker’s voice with his VoicePrint (second step) are verified at the same time.
Extremely high security is ensured by the proprietary algorithm for selecting words to be read, which reduces the possibility of guessing the sequence of words that will be displayed on the screen to almost zero. The Speech To Text (STT) mechanism combined with an innovative biometric engine guarantees high effectiveness, even in the case of attacks based on speech synthesis. Read more about VoiceToken.

Some see multi-factor authentication as inconvenient, but from a security standpoint it is desirable. It protects us more strongly against hacker attacks than previous solutions. Password theft will not result in account access as the second authentication factor will take care of that. It is worth being aware that we can also use multi-factor authentication to protect social media accounts. In order to use this type of protection, it is enough to enable this function in the system settings of the account.


*) From 2019, pursuant to the European Commission’s Directive on Payment Services (PSD2), banks and payment service providers are required to use strong customer authentication (SCA). The goal is to increase the security of online transactions, a higher level of credibility and resistance to frauds.

According to the bank.pl, strong customer authentication (SCA) “is a mechanism that aims to increase the security of payment transactions. To implement them, the payment service provider (e.g. bank) is required to use a method consisting of at least two elements belonging to the categories: knowledge (something only the user knows), possession (something only the user has) and customer characteristics (something only the user is). compromising one of them will not weaken the credibility of the others”.

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VoiceToken is a proprietary BiometrIQ solution that provides two-factor strong authentication using only your voice.

Thanks to this modern service, we can quickly access our applications, data or systems. When logging in, we only need to read a short sequence of characters on the screen. It only takes 10 seconds to verify your identity.

Logging in via VoiceToken is extremely secure through double authentication. While reading the text, the compatibility of the read words (first step) with the pattern is verified at the same time, as well as the biometric compatibility of the speaker’s voice with his VoicePrint (second step).
Extremely high security is ensured by the proprietary algorithm for selecting words to be read, which reduces the possibility of guessing the sequence of words that will be displayed on the screen to almost zero. The aforementioned Speech To Text (STT) mechanism combined with an innovative biometric engine guarantee high effectiveness, even in the case of attacks based on speech synthesis.

VoiceToken works on terminals equipped with a screen and with a built-in microphone (smartphone, tablet, computer and others) and thanks to the available API, it can be easily integrated with external systems (e.g. with access systems). Because it is launched by the browser, the type of system installed on the device is irrelevant.

VoiceToken is an innovative solution from BiometrIQ and a registered EU trademark. This is one of the elements of the method to increase the efficiency of the biometric system, contained in the patent application filed by BiometrIQ.

Find out how it works. Test the demo.

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Facial liveness assessment technology perfectly complements the facial recognition mechanism by assessing whether a biometric sample comes from a living person present at the time of authorization.
In the case of identity documents (ID cards, passports, driving licenses), the viability verification is checking and confirming the authenticity of the document presented in front of the camera or detecting its digital fakes. Distinguishing a real document from a digital image is possible thanks to the use of unique document analysis technology.

Identity verification by facial and document liveness is completely remote. It starts by verifying the authenticity of the user’s ID document, then the user takes a selfie during which they conduct a liveness test. The face scan is compared with the ID photo. In this way, we receive information whether the person in front of the smartphone or computer screen is who they say they are.

The currently developed systems for detecting facial liveness are more and more technologically advanced, they use deep learning algorithms, which makes their use more secure – most of them can detect a face mask, recognize an avatar or catch third parties that appear within the range of the camera in during verification, thus preventing fraud.

IDR&D solutions are an example of such advanced products. These are best-in-class solutions based on artificial intelligence. They are easy to use. Facial liveness detection takes just a second, while the whole process can take from a few to several seconds. An advantage is a fact that these solutions can be easily integrated with mobile, Internet, communication and telephone channels.

Thanks to establishing partnership cooperation with IDR&D, about which we informed you at the end of last year – here is the link – these solutions are now available on our market. These technologies can be easily integrated with the voice biometrics we offer, enabling the implementation of a very strong, two-step biometric authentication process.

Therefore, looking globally at the development of biometric technologies, facial and document liveness detection seems to be a natural step used in authentication processes. This is another, apart from voice, modern form of authorization, which convinces us because of its ease of use and high level of security.

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Voice authentication is a type of authorization that uses voice to log in or confirm your identity. Each person has unique voice characteristics that are unique and distinguish them from others. Thanks to this voice identification is possible and it is slowly becoming a part of our everyday life because according to statistics 50% of the population accepts this method as a method of authorization.

What are the benefits of voice authentication? 5 reasons to be with voice biometrics for YES.
1. Convenience of use. Authorization by voice is very easy, it does not require remembering passwords or codes which each of us has several to be able to function in the digital world around us. We are solely recognized by our unique voice.

2. High degree of security much higher than in traditional methods such as a pin. At the beginning, we eliminate the number of attacks and extortions we deal with today, mainly on the Internet through so-called phishing. More and more people are falling victim to pin or data theft for financial extortion purposes. CSiRT NASK in 2021 noted that there were as much as 182% more cyberattacks of this kind compared to the previous year, so the scale of online crimes is still growing. With voice authorization, in order to obtain 100% security, we can use two-step verification, it’s then very strong and eliminates the possibility of any other person or avatar impersonating us.

3. Availability. An unquestionable advantage of biometric authorization through voice is that it can be used by anyone including people with limited abilities such as visually impaired or blind people. According to the data of the Central Statistical Office, in Poland, there are nearly 2 billion of such people and 3 billion are people with a certified disability – more than 10% of the whole society. Therefore we eliminate to a large extent the barriers related to digital exclusion.

4.  Touchlessness. Nowadays, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a big advantage. The implementation of that contactless solution protects our health and becomes a priority factor. That is why voice biometrics is our “number 1”. Voice biometrics is listed among the TOP 10 technologies of the future in the McKinsey report next to AI, IoT, Blockchain, 3D Printing, Quantum Computers and Genomics.

5. Not required the installation of additional devices. A token and other devices of this type are not needed. Authorization takes place only through natural speech. For B2B customers it also reduces the costs associated with the purchase and maintenance of such devices.

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