Mobile Security is Kind of a Big Deal Right Now
With all the talk of security breaches and such on the news, it comes as no surprise that people are truly concerned about the safety of their personal data, especially on their smartphones. After all, if you lost your phone tomorrow, imagine everything someone could learn about you if they managed to get through your password or pin protection. Developers are working hard to improve mobile security, and there are some new things on the horizon.
The Current Security
Right now, if you want to protect your device, you have a few options available to you. You can set up lock screen protection, which comes in various forms. There’s also data encryption, which is available through the settings in your mobile device. This is simply an added layer of security on top of your lock screen protection. Finally, you can download certain types of software – both free and paid – that are designed to give you more control over your device. For example, if you find that you’ve lost your phone, you can “lock” it remotely and keep others out. Unfortunately, none of these security measures are completely foolproof, and someone with enough know-how can get around them.
Some Future Possibilities
While the current technologies are certainly better than nothing, it still stands to reason that your mobile phone contains some of your most sensitive information. Lock screen protection, encryption, and software can only do so much, even when you combine all three. In the future, developers will likely turn to other security methods:
- Devices that don’t store data. Smartphones are the norm, and there’s no getting around that. People use their phones as cameras and as miniature computers. However, in some instances, and particularly when traveling abroad, it’s often in your best interest to stick to a “dumb” phone that is unable to hold any of your personal data. This is the best way to protect yourself.
- Several encryption levels. If a random stranger asked to use your phone to make a call, you may be inclined to say no. After all, your phone contains photos, credit card numbers, and personal information that you’d rather keep private. If you unlock your phone to make a call, you’ve essentially unlocked everything and given that stranger access to your entire life. Different levels of encryption can solve this issue; while one password may open the ability to make calls and send text messages, another password may be required to access the internet or even view photos.
- Better biometrics. Right now, there are some devices that use fingerprint scanning and facial recognition to unlock your phone. While these are a far cry better than traditional passwords and PINs, other biometric solutions are even more secure. Expect to see iris scanning coming to devices soon.
- Built-in self-destruct options. Although you can “lock” your phone – and even do it remotely with certain types of software – someone with enough patience can get through that lock. A self-destruct option will give you the choice to wipe your device completely, making the data that was on it irretrievable.
As smart phones keep getting smarter, we rely on them for almost every part of our daily lives. They hold our photos, our memories, our shopping lists, and even our credit card information. Mobile security is a big deal right now because people want to know their information is safe. That’s why mobile phone developers and manufacturers are working on better, more advanced security measures that you’ll likely see in the next generation of smartphones.