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The Best Of iProov: What Was Hot On The Blog In 2021?

22 December 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, we thought we’d take a look back at the most popular iProov blog posts of the past 12 months.

This year, the subjects of digital identity, cybersecurity, online identity verification and authentication, and biometrics have been higher on the agenda than ever before. From COVID status credentials to the growing threat of deepfakes, the question of how we can build trust online has been paramount. Our top blog posts provide insight into that.

But our blog is also a place to share some of our more personal achievements, so this is also a great opportunity to relive some of those.

So, without further ado and in reverse order, here are the top ten iProov blog posts of 2021:

10. What’s it like to receive a CBE? An interview with Andrew Bud, CEO of iProov

CBE Andrew Bud

iProov’s Founder and CEO, Andrew Bud, was made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to exports in science and technology in the Queen’s 2020 New Year’s Honours List.

In August this year, Andrew was able to go along to St James’ Palace for his investiture. Afterwards, we asked him about the whole experience: how did he find out he had been awarded the CBE? What was it like to go to the palace for the ceremony? What led him to this moment? A very interesting read. 

9. Meet the iProov team!

At number nine, we’ve gathered up our Meet the Team interviews. These profiles introduce you to the people who spend every day working on ways to protect us all from deepfakes (Jim), build great products (Anthony), or help to make iProov a great place to work (Martina)!

Get to know some of the iProov team:

8. Cloud Biometrics vs On-Device Biometrics: What’s the Difference?

Cloud biometrics vs on-device biometrics

This post explaining the advantages of cloud biometrics over device-based biometrics proved very popular. If you’re currently evaluating biometric technologies and providers – or are just interested in understanding how online biometric verification works – then this one is definitely for you. 

7. How Does Biometric Face Verification Help Protect Banks Against Money Laundering?

Anti money laundering compliance with biometrics cover image iproov

Money-laundering is a major global problem. Regulators around the world are cracking down on banks and other regulated industries to enforce more stringent AML processes. This post looks at the open letter sent by the UK regulator to UK banks earlier this year and explains how iProov technology can help organizations to prevent money-laundering. 

6. Can You Use Selfies for Online Identity Verification?

National Selfie Day cover image: looking at Selfie Anxiety, Selfie verification, Selfie identity

To mark National Selfie Day, we asked the question: is it possible to securely verify an individual using a single image or selfie? Spoiler alert: the answer is no. Single frame selfie verification isn’t enough to securely verify a person’s identity – you need a multi-frame solution. In this article, we illustrate how iProov works, and explain the concepts of ‘selfie anxiety’ and ‘selfie perfectionism’.

5. Biometric Authentication vs Biometric Verification: What’s the Difference?

Biometric authentication vs verification - this infographic explains the difference between them

At iProov, we’re always trying to make complex things simple. In this post, we explain the difference between biometric verification and biometric authentication. The two terms are often used interchangeably but they are separate activities. This post explains what they are and why you need them (just as we also did for face verification vs face recognition).

4. Tinder Trials Online Dating Identity Verification

Tinder trials online dating identity verification

In August, Tinder announced that it was introducing identity verification to improve security and make its users feel safer. We looked at how they could make this work for everyone.

3. Deepfakes of the Dead: Could They Be a Threat to the Financial Services Sector?

Deepfakes of the dead: image representing AI-generated woman security fraud attempt, being scanned, deepfake technology

Back in February, a company called MyHeritage released an online tool that enabled people to reanimate the dead. With just a few clicks, a photo of someone’s great-great-grandma could be brought to life.  

iProov has long anticipated the danger of deepfakes being used for nefarious purposes, and our technology has been designed to detect them. In this post, we look at how deepfake technology and deepfake fraud pose a threat to financial services and how it can be mitigated.

2. Ten Things You Need To Know About iProov HQ

iProov HQ 2 blog

It’s fair to say that we iProovers love our UK headquarters. So it isn’t a huge surprise that our second most popular blog post of 2021 is a top 10 of the highlights of working here. From pizza to fitness to free beer and great views, our UK office has a lot to offer. If you’d like to join an ambitious company with a fantastic team in a great working environment, check out our vacancies!

1. Fake COVID Vaccine Certificates and How to Protect Against Them

Fake COVID Vaccine Certificates - the iProov solution

If the world was hoping for an end to COVID in 2021, we were disappointed. As governments and organizations globally scrambled to find ways to keep citizens safe, the problem of fake vaccine certificates quickly became front-page news. Our blog post on how to provide safe and secure COVID Status Credentials and prevent fake vaccine certificates from being used attracted a huge amount of interest.

We’re looking forward to even more exciting developments in digital identity and online user authentication in 2022. If you’d like to be part of our journey, please check out our open vacancies – we’d love to hear from you.

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