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Biometrics User Authentication: Is fingerprint recognition the most

suitable method for web applications’ security?

Fahad Al-Harby, Rami Qahwaji, and Mumtaz Kamala

Informatics Research Institute


School of Computing, Informatics and Media, University of Bradford BD7 1DP, UK

Abstract

This paper is part of a larger study focusing on the feasibility of biometric authentication systems in e-
commerce and its adoption in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, it answers the following question: Is Fingerprint
Recognitions the most suitable secure methods for web applications? Saudi consumers are likely to prefer
fingerprint biometric authentication systems rapidly, and as a result of some religious and cultural factors,
such as women’s facial recognition is prohibited in some Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, the
fingerprint method is expected to be the most suitable method for authentication in Saudi Arabia. For this
work, three hundred and four Saudi participants, consisting of men and women between the ages of 18 and 55,
were participated in online survey. The survey revealed that most Saudis would prefer the utilized of fingerprint
recognitions methods more than other methods such face and voice recognition. Saudi users are ready to use
fingerprint devices on a daily basis and consider the technology would add further significance to existing
devices by offering greater secure methods, convenience, and personalisation.

Keywords: Authentication, Biometrics, e-commerce, Fingerprint, Saudi Arabia