Some form of security on our mobile phones, tablets and computers is essential nowadays.
With so much personal data stored online such as bank account details, sensitive business information and even photographs accessing this kind of data online without the necessary security is nothing short of irresponsible and altogether downright stupid.
Passwords seem the logical answer but what happens when these passwords fall into the wrong hands?
Passwords are great but they have their limitations and many of us tend to use the same password for a variety of different things – great for remembering them but also easier to hack.
So what are the alternatives?
Already we have fingerprint recognition technology on many smartphones and computers and this is certainly a step in the right direction.
Two Step Verification is also something that has proved to be very successful whereby you are notified if someone attempts to access your information and no one, yourself included, can proceed without this notification being accepted.
Security Keys from the FIDO Alliance are another great alternative.
These work by using encrypted information that can only be accessed by the person physically holding the key but this can be cumbersome as the person needs to be in procession of the key whenever access is required.
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What people are really looking for is something secure, practical and of course cost effective.
We already have Automated Unlocking with connected Bluetooth devices with attempts being considered to widen this further.
Voice recognition and even devices that recognize how we walk are also being investigated as ways that your identity can be verified.
The intention in the long term is that these devices will share information therefore making hacking even harder for would be criminals.
What about the future?
Whilst voice recognition was found to be an unsuccessful alternative to regular passwords. As mentioned earlier, technology such as fingerprint scanners is already common place on most flagship smartphones. However, this hasn’t proved to be fail safe, with scanners on iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices being hacked just days after their launch.
Retina scanners are said to be the next method that will be used to help users secure their smartphones, access secure apps and make mobile payments.
Whilst it may sound futuristic, it is rumored that the new Samsung Galaxy S7, due for release in Thailand by the end of March may include a retina scanner.