5th Annual Global Identity & Fraud Report Finds That Consumer Preferences for How Businesses Secure Digital Transactions is Changing

April 21, 2021 by Eric Haller

As the demand for digital transactions exploded due to the pandemic, businesses transformed operations and had to forecast how to balance the ever-increasing trend while managing customer expectations. New research from Experian’s 2021 Global Identity and Fraud Report shows that as more consumers go online, expectations for a secure experience are higher than ever and that the types of security consumers expect are shifting towards invisible protection.

Our research found that 2 out of 3 businesses have increased concern about the overall level of fraud since the pandemic. Unsurprisingly, security is still a top concern for consumers, with 55% citing security as the most important aspect of their online experience. However, consumers are also looking for methods of data protection that are both convenient and trustworthy.

One of the report’s most significant findings was the increasing comfort and preference that consumers have for physical and behavior-based—or invisible—methods of security. 74% of consumers ranked physical biometrics first based on their perceived security physical biometrics, followed by pin codes sent to cell phones at 72%, and behavioral analytics requiring no effort from the consumer third at 66%. Notably, passwords didn’t earn a spot in the top three preferred methods for authenticating customer identity, even though nearly every digital account and device includes some sort of password protection.

This indicates a new shift in consumer thinking that moves away from the realm of the password. Businesses have an opportunity for a new approach to security, layering visible and invisible methods. By leveraging data and observations garnered throughout the customer journey, companies can facilitate accurate recognition and authentication at each discrete decision. The same insights that companies use to improve the customer experience power that continuous authentication—and reduce friction across the customer’s journey.

In a post-pandemic landscape, businesses that prioritize security in a convenient format will meet and exceed consumer expectations.

The 2021 Global Identity and Fraud Report is composed of three waves of survey data collected throughout the pandemic. The business and consumer surveys span from June 2020 to January 2021 across 10 countries including Australia, Brazil, Germany, France, India, Japan, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.

Click here to view the full 2021 Global Identity and Fraud Report.