Securing Your Smartphone: How Technology Is Preventing Theft
October 24, 2013
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On September 10, 2013, Apple announced the latest technological features, introduced with the iPhone 5s. These features include Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor technology, which uses a “laser cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint and intelligently analyze it to provide accurate readings from any angle.”
The technology is designed to become more reliable the longer you use it. The repeated recognition of your fingerprint allows the phone to create a diverse archive that prevents errors in its readings.
Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said, “iPhone 5s is the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world” not only for its iOS7 design features but also for its innovative security features.
However, Apple is not the only company that is increasing its security options. In fact, there has been a focus in technology within the last decade that has dedicated itself to preventing theft and increasing data security.
One way Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor technology does that is by never uploading your fingerprint data to the Cloud. Dan Nosowitz of Popular Science notes that another type of technology was introduced by Android in 2011: face recognition. Face recognition uses the front-facing camera to scan your face and unlock your phone. Nosowitz notes, however, that the technology is fallible: “Like most biometrics that rely on mere optics, face recognition tools can be fooled with a good picture.”
But Nosowitz also discusses a few more biometric security options, which might be the future of smartphone security. A few of those options have been outlined here:
- Retinal Scanning: Nosowitz admits that this technology does not yet exist. Hypothetically, however, it would allow your phone to scan the thin layer of tissue at the back of your eye (known as your retina) before allowing you to access your phone.
- Iris Scanning: Similar to retinal scanning, iris scanning would identify the colored part of the front of your eye—which is unique to each person.
- Fingerprinting: The oldest form of biometric security, fingerprinting is essentially what Apple offers users through its Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor. It can also include capacitance scanning, which “measures the minute differences between electrical stimuli in the ridges and valleys of your fingerprint.”
Interested in more information regarding smartphone information technology? Consider contacting advisors and Information Technology program instructors at IADT. They can provide you with more resources and information related to this field. They can also give you insight into how information technology professionals can contribute to these interesting innovations.