That a smartphone is getting smarter is no big news any more. But biometric security on smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Apple iPhone 6 – now that is one region where tech giants still lots to do. Andriod has leaded the bunch with its face-recognition system and Motorola started using finger-print scanning in place of an unlock code on its Atrix 4G handset in 2011. Recent events have indicated that Apple iPhone 6 will also be jumping on the bandwagon with a fingerprint recognising system.
Why would Tech Companies want biometric security?
A whole load of reasons actually, primarily to help the consumer. Firstly, having a phone that can only be unlocked by someone with your face or fingerprint is much safer than having to use a password or a pin, which someone might see, this hold true especially in the case of sensitive documents or files. Secondly, a safer phone will make it much easier for corporate to start making tie-ups with phone companies to purchase phones – corporate espionage has been a major issue in many industries, think about the spygate scandal in F1.
In the end, any development that makes the phone more secure is one that should be lauded. Almost everyone has a phone, and has many personal details that can be accessed by it (location, browsing history), not just files. Biometric security on smartphones is a much needed step in making sure that the is getting smarter and safer.