MasterCard customers will soon be able to replace their passwords with a "selfie" and a fingerprints to verify their identity and make payments online.
The payment processing company confirmed the decision to introduce biometric checks this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Ann Cairns, head of international markets for MasterCard, told CNBC that biometric checks had been trialled in the U.S. and the Netherlands and will be launching them in the U.K. soon.
"I think the whole biometric space is a great way of protecting yourself when you are doing payments," she said. "There are a whole range of biometrics that say 'I'm me, I'm making a payment' and it just makes the whole thing more secure."