John O’Hurley risks a new tech tool that proves you’re human

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How many times a day are you asked to verify your identity? This number is increasing as more companies, apps, and organizations want to make sure you are who you really are. For most of us, logging in and authenticating has become a ubiquitous part of everyday life, whether it’s accessing our bank details, our email, or our social media accounts. You could even text us a code or ask us to select photos to make sure we’re human. And actor John O’Hurley says it drove him crazy. “I’m not a robot,” jokes O’Hurley. “That will be the title of my memoir when I write it all down.”

O’Hurley is best known for hosting the annual National Dog Show and for playing eccentric catalog magnate J. Peterman on Seinfeld. But he’s also an entrepreneur, and his latest venture is a partnership with a new company that aims to make all of these authentications easier and more secure using biometrics — things like fingerprints, voice authentication, and face scans. Company Q5ID has an easy-to-use mobile app that allows users to securely register and authenticate no matter where they are, complete with step-by-step instructions, often in three minutes or less.

O’Hurley says he was inspired to work with Q5ID after seeing the damage that could be done with unverified users. “When I saw a ‘deepfake’ the other night, I immediately said it wasn’t for a CEO, someone faking a CEO, made any statement about the company’s financial position and the stock would go down.” , he explains. “Well, it wouldn’t be possible to retrieve that by saying, ‘Well, it wasn’t really that person. It was fake’.”

And with bots now beating most authentication programs, the Q5ID app uses your phone to scan your face or palm and stores the data on your own device. At the same time, it proves to your bank, social media platform or other business that it really is you. And it’s not just for businesses; Better authentication could help schools, law enforcement, and government agencies curb digital fraud that costs Americans tens of billions of dollars each year.

The company also offers an app called “Guardian,” which aims to overhaul and revolutionize the search for missing persons. It’s a free download that allows subscribers to add profiles of their loved ones should the worst happen and gives them the ability to alert law enforcement immediately.

Ultimately, most experts predict that our use of biometrics will increase significantly over the next few years. It’s not yet clear when — or if — it will replace the cumbersome two-factor authentication that’s now in widespread use, but biometric apps are expected to be a $185 billion industry by 2031. O’Hurley attributes the boom to ease of use, saying it’s been a hit with consumers “because it’s the last time you’ll ever technically need a password or username. Because you are you.”