Once upon a time, smartphone biometrics were the stuff of science fiction and James Bond movies, but today, new technology is bringing biometric features into the main stream. Almost all of the better smartphones on the market include some type of biometric technology — and with good reasons! Biometric technologies make your phone and the information to which it provides access much more convenient and secure.
One of the biggest ways that biometric technologies have become the new norm for top-level smartphones is in information safety. “Primarily, biometric features are used to unlock devices like smartphones and tablets to get to their home screens, where you keep all your files, apps, and private data,” writes Business Insider. “The most common biometrics include fingerprint scanning, facial recognition, voice recognition and iris scanning.” There are several ways that biometric technologies can do this. The exact features included in each smartphone varies considerably by model. Let’s look at some of the options available.
One way that the biometrics offer better security is through fingerprint scanning. With this technology, you have to place your registered fingertip on the sensor pad of your smartphone in order to unlock it. The technology also has a role in the applications you can access with the phone, the files you can open, and the payment options you have available. However, don’t look for a button. Many of the newest smartphones are mostly screen to look at it – the fingerprint sensor is in the back. Often integrated into the Power key, the fingerprint sensor can be easy to miss.
There are some other options when it comes to biometric smartphone technologies. Some let you can register several different fingerprints instead of just one. The former can be very beneficial if you often hold your phone with different hands or use different fingers to interact with the device. Further, smartphones like the LG G6 let change what your fingerprints unlock. Choose from screen locking, content locking, or both. Screen locking unlocks your main screen while the content lock lets you use your fingerprint to restrict access to your QuickMemo+ and your photo gallery.
Fingerprint scanning was one of the earliest biometric technologies used in smartphones. While it is still very effective, some phones are taking biometrics to the next level. For instance, one popular new smartphone feature is facial unlocking. Using a special 3-D facial recognition program, these new biometric-enabled smartphones can scan your face to unlock your phone, but a photo won’t do. The technology specifically requires a 3-D image of your face to unlock the device so it cannot be hacked with pictures. Authentication can take less than a second and be accurate to 99.999 percent.
Some phones feature a customizable “wake word” technology as well. With customized wake words, “phones can have added security through voice, and wake on command with low power activation that doesn’t exhaust the battery,” writes Biometric Update. “These voice biometric technologies also run on device, ensuring that the biometric data and the spoken wake word are never sent to the cloud.”
The latest biometric technologies are a smartphone upgrade away from being a part of your everyday life. These features keep people from accessing your phone without your permission and involvement. For people with children, ornery friends, or a snooping someone at home, biometrics are a lifesaver – but they are also simply convenient. See for yourself!