Is Biometrics making our devices secure?
July 4, 2016

Your device might be unsecure and you don’t even know about it.

As security gets more and more complicated, companies have started enforcing various countermeasures to prevent it. A recent report by the International Trends in Cybersecurity Report by CompTIA has found that almost 50 percent of businesses here in the UAE had experienced at least one IT security breach in the previous 12 months – with 60 percent of them being a mobile-related incident.

But smartphones nowadays aren’t just locked beyond the screen. Even biometrics is now a common feature found on most flagship models, using fingerprint-scanning technology to secure a device. There is even word that future smartphones may soon use iris/retina scanning technology in replacement of the traditional PIN code.

“The risk of criminals using a lost or stolen mobile phone to access important data is very real, with smartphones offering an instant connection to email, messaging and social networking accounts, as well as files kept in cloud storage,” said axiom Managing Director, Faisal Al Bannai. “Your very identity is at risk of theft, yet a worrying number of users fail to activate their phone’s security features. The inconvenience of entering a PIN every time the user wants to unlock the phone is often cited as a reason for this. Using biometrics to unlock the phone can remove this inconvenience and help keep data secure, with fingerprint security already gaining acceptance.”

Though there is already proof that fingerprints scanners on devices can be easily fooled – and steep measures must be done especially if you have valuable data being stored on your smartphone.

“The technology is getting better, but it’s not foolproof,” said Al Bannai. “The great benefit is for people who are currently choosing not to use any security for the phone. Even if thieves become adept at hacking fingerprints, there will at least be a delay between obtaining the phone and unlocking it, and that will give the phone’s owner some time to remotely disconnect the device from all their accounts.”

Various methods, such as two-factor authentication, is also being suggested. This method will require you to enter your password along with a special code that can be delivered via SMS or a special app. It is more secure, but only a few users know about it.

That being said, more and more companies are devising ways on how to enhance security. And with the ever changing technologies being made available to devices like smartphones, we can only hope that these new security measures will be for the better.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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