Most smartphone owners have lots of personal information and important data stored on their phones and therefore, phone’s security features become a critical consideration. Software and smartphone companies are continually working on improving the security of smartphones each year, with new generations of hardware and software. Features designed to keep your devices private – apart from the information you willingly share via apps – started with the introduction of lock screens in iOS 5 and Android 2.0.
While it was better than having an idle screen, it still wasn’t secure enough since it required a motion anyone could easily make. Later, passwords were introduced, and technology took a leap with the introduction of pattern locks; however, they could be easily replicated and were easy to memorize. Fast forward to 2017, there are even better ways of safeguarding your investment. Here are the next-level security features on smartphones that will protect your device and give you a peace of mind!
Face Scan Recognition
A while back, fingerprint scanners were all the rage in smartphone security; however, a recent news report where a child used his sleeping mother’s fingerprint to purchase Pokémon toys worth $250, meant doubling biometric security. Today, punching in the code, swiping your finger or having to use the fingerprint sensitive Touch ID on phones like iPhone 7 Plus is even more secure with face recognition. Such phones fully unlock once they recognize your face.
Call Encryption Protection
Beyond biometrics, modern Apple smartphones offer various encryption services for content like photos, text messages, and emails – and Android devices are fast catching up. It makes better sense if actual phone calls got the same level of protection, but this is no easy feat, considering the vulnerabilities of the internet and virtual-based calls. This is why third-party apps like Telegram are used for encrypting calls.
However, the only way to achieve true call encryption is for developers to create smartphones that deter hackers from gaining access to devices. While developers work on encrypted calls, this emerging technology requires many moving parts to offer consumers the top-level security they deserve and desire.
Today, you can unlock some smartphones simply by looking straight at their forward-facing cameras. Like your fingerprint, the iris is unique for each individual and it can act as a password for safeguarding your device and data. As shown above, fingerprint sensors have their shortfalls and are still evolving to offer better security, and iris scanners make better sense for smartphone users looking for a better secure system for their smartphones.
Several smartphones are already on the market with iris-scanning capabilities. However, there is a debate on whether this technology is better than the fingerprint sensor. Some people argue that iris-scanning capable smartphones can detect 225 comparison points compared to only 40 on an individual’s fingerprint; plus, your iris will never wear out, get dirty or calloused.
Ultrasonic Wave Technology
Notwithstanding the advances made in facial recognition technology, smartphone fingerprint sensors are likely going to be another protection level for iOS and Android devices. In fact, you should expect this technology to get better. Companies like Vivo, are developing ultrasonic wave technology that is set to improve fingerprint recognition.
In future, you should expect better and more advanced algorithms capable of limiting spoof threats and safeguarding your mobile cash transactions. In addition, the advancements already on the market will likely make it easier for any smartphone owner to use his or her fingerprint in various security-related applications – but without compromising security.
In addition to these technologies, it’s critical that you keep your phone updated. Downloading security patches for your individual phone is one of the easiest ways to keep your device safe.