Smartphones are essential in
today’s modern world. Almost everyone has one, and your phone contains all your contact information, emails,
passwords, photos, messages, and even bank details. For such a small device to
hold all these important data, its security must be topnotch.
Earlier phones relied on pins and pattern locks to keep the phone safe from others. As mobile phones
evolved, so too did their security checks.
Pinpointing the Problem
Fingerprint scanners are a staple in modern smartphones. Any model above the $100 mark
almost guarantees a scanner at its rear. Newer and more expensive phones take
this up a notch; having their scanners integrated in the phone’s screen.
A fingerprint scanner offers convenience over having to memorize
pins or patterns in order to unlock phones. Using a scanner also gives you quicker access to your phone, with only
a second required to activate and confirm. The idea is that without
confirmation that the owner is the one holding the phone, all access locks into
the main screen. The added security almost
guarantees that only the owner can access the phone – right?
Known Issues in the Past
The fingerprint scanner may
not be the ultimate security check, as software
issues have plagued phones. Samsung’s Galaxy
S10 for instance is receiving flack because their scanner accepts everyone’s prints. They promise that a
simple software update would fix it,
but the owners still wait anxiously. Other brands, such as the iPhone, have received complaints about
scanners not recognizing their owner’s prints.
Some phones try to solve this
fingerprint issue with using facial
recognition to unlock phones. However, a combination of locks can help add enough layers of protection for
your phone. Adding passcodes, facial recognition, location locks, and
fingerprint access can help keep your data safe from other people. What do you
think? Can you really trust your phone’s security checks?