With the advent and widespread acceptance of smartphones, consumers have grown more concerned about the safety of the private information stored in their smartphones and tablets than they are about the same threats to their notebooks and desktop systems. This is not surprising, since the technical capabilities of modern mobile devices far surpass those of desktop computers and notebooks of the not-too-distant past. This concern is reasonable, since our mobile devices are designed to be network-accessible at all times, leaving them vulnerable to attack on many fronts.
What is surprising is that there has been relatively little effort, or for that matter, interest in the kind of security software that virtually every Windows or Android desktop or notebook has installed. Instead, the emphasis has been more upon hardware-based security measures. The industry remains in its infancy, since there exists little uniformity in the manner by which access to different mobile devices is achieved. The inevitable growth of the industry is hastened by hackers’ ever-increasing sophistication in bypassing commonly used, character-driven security measures such as passwords.
Enter the Field of Biometrics
Given the pace at which technology has advanced in recent years, it is not unreasonable to expect that a viable, reliable biometric answer to the problem of securing our smartphones will emerge in the not-too-distant future. Better still, it will likely make users’ previous security-related actions seem as quaint as does a DOS command appear to a modern Windows or Mac computer customer.
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