Smartphones are a huge part of our lives, and we rely on their performances and features on our every day tasks. We are so addicted to them that some of us are not thinking about the dangers we expose when we store private information on them, and safety features are ignored for lazyness reasons. Why bother spending a few extra seconds typing a PIN or swiping a pattern when you can simply press the power/sleep button when you want to use your smartphone. Well, ther real question is why not?
Smartphone manufacturers are constantly improving the end-user experience by making their devices more easy to use and with many features that are replacing traditional activities, like switching from cash payment to online transactions via smartphones. But a Consumer Reports survey done this year shows that only 33% of Americans are using a PIN code to unlock their device, the rest of 77% are not using any kind of security making them an easy target in case of loosing their device or if someone steals it.
As a result, developers and platform owners have turned their attention to biometrics by making available technologies as face recognition and fingerprint scan in addition the classic PIN code or pattern security features. Their primary goal is to improve the security of the smartphone while making it more attractive to use. Now Samsung is going a step deeper into the biometrics field by announcing the possible implementation of retina scan as a future unlock feature.
This could be seen as an option half way between the fingerprint scan and face unlock as retina scan could make it more easy for online transactions ( as the fingerprint scan is currently used ) but its performance can be affected by the light ( as the face recognition is sometimes hard to use in dim light ). The overall idea is that the more we go into the biometrics field, the more secured our smartphone will be, making it harder to physical steal information from it. But it’s not enough to have available all these security features if you’re not using them, so next time you store personal information on your smartphone or use it to make a payment, take your time to set at least a PIN code, if you care about your private information.