Mobile security authentication is a hot topic. Most mobile devices are going to utilize a pin that is chosen by the user, which is going to be easy to break. Others utilize a code that they draw onto the screen in order to open their phone. However, most people will find that this form of authentication can easily be guessed by simply looking at the screen and the layout that is used. So how can mobile security authentication become safer and be better for mobile users?
Enter biometric authentication. There is a huge push for this to become more standard in the mobile world. But, is this the best method for securing your phone? We are going to look at the good and bad points of this type of mobile security authentication.
Biometrics: The Good Vs the Bad
Biometrics can be anything from using a scan of your face to open the mobile phone, or it can even use your fingerprints. This means that there is only one person who can ultimately access your phone. Imagine if you were to lose your phone and were using this biometrics for security, no one would be able to access the vital information you may have on your phone. However, there is a downside to this as was proven when Google started with face identification for unlocking a mobile. Even a picture of the person’s face could allow this phone to be opened. Thus, it is clear that there is still some work to be done in order to make this an effective form of security.
Fingerprint scanners are great, but there are always ways in which this can be beaten as well. This was proved by several researchers who were able to fool the biometric fingerprint scanner and log into someone else’s phone.
Another aspect that needs to be considered is that if you are only using biometrics to log into accounts, mobile phones and the like, what happens when this is hacked? We can see that there is always a possibility that someone was able to get into these devices despite the biometrics being a bit stronger in the password department. This is just one thought that security researchers are trying to contemplate and fix before biometrics truly take over the mobile market.
Are Biometrics the Future of Mobile Security Authentication?
Despite the flaws that have been found with this form of authentication, it is still something that is being highly considered by mobile companies. After all, though it can be broken, the chances of this being broken are smaller than compared to the number of people who have had their personal pin hacked into. So, yes, we are going to see more mobile phones coming to the market with biometrics as a form of security for the mobile.
The key is whether the general public is going to get on board with this new form of security. There are those who are all about this new form of security. However, there are just as many people who are still hesitant to use such vital information to secure their mobile phones.