Pretty soon all smartphone’s won’t require a sequence of numbers or the trace of a unique pattern to unlock the phone.
According to Business Insider, 99% of US smartphones will be biometrics-enabled by 2021.
Several smartphones on the market have already incorporated biometrics into their design and consumers have the option to use their fingerprint to lock and unlock their phone. The rise in mobile hacking and company data loss shows that the traditional password isn’t enough when it comes to security.
According to mobile defense company Skycur, 25% of all mobile devices encounter a privacy threat each month and people’s private information is at risk of falling into the hands of a stranger. Besides personal data becoming more at risk, companies are now identifying mobile devices as one of the main culprits of data breaches.
Mobile security companies Lookout and Ponemon Institute conducted research on employees using mobile devices for work, and found that 67% of 2,000 organizations experienced a data breach due to employees using their personal mobile devices to access company sensitive data and information. Research also showed that recovery costs relating to a mobile security breach could be as high as $24.6 million.
Using a biometrical feature for a password would greatly lower the chances of a hacker gaining access to personal and company data stored on a mobile device. Banks like Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo apps are now incorporating biometrics to verify identification, and require customers to scan their fingerprint in order to access their bank account.
The likelihood of hackers stealing people’s fingerprints and other forms of biometrical identifiers is low, but still a possibility.
The danger of biometrics is that they can’t be changed. If a hacker does gain access to people’s biometrics features, like in 2015 when hackers stole 5.6 million people’s fingerprints from the Office of Personal Management, people’s number one security defense becomes useless.
Luckily other forms of biometric identifiers are more difficult to retrieve or recreate. GATCA’s True Face scans and memorizes facial features and structure, and uses the features unique to you since the day you were born to protect all data.
Biometrical verification alone surpasses the security strength of the traditional password, and will soon be a security standard in the feature. If you want to protect your mobile data with advanced security features, take a look at Macate’s GATCA Elite at macate.com!