Passwords have a big problem: They're not very secure, and no one likes using them. That's why you now find Web browsers, password managers, and mobile phones all trying to take some of the pain out of the process."
The above quote is from David Nield writing for Read Write. He argues that biometrics - a technology that has long been predicted to be integrated into our devices - will find a home in wearables.
These gadgets aim to finally rid end users of their reliance on passwords. If they succeed, we may soon see a future in which our bodies are the only authentication we will ever need—whether it's really more secure or not.
Both Apple and Samsung have implemented fingerprint solutions into their smartphones, but even these are not enough as fingerprint readers can be fooled. While they are better than a passcode, clearly we need something safer, and Nield thinks wearables will be the solution. The adoption of various fitness devices - wrist bands and chest straps - are full of sensors and data that could potentially be used to unlock our mobile devices.
Your heartbeat's rhythm is just as unique as your fingerprint, and far harder to duplicate. It's the unique key at the center of the Nymi Band from Canadian firm Bionym, which is currently in trials with a UK bank. If successful, it may offer customers secure, alternative logins someday.
Nield is careful to point out that even something like a retina scan is not fool proof. One data point isn't enough to keep our information secure, since our biometric passwords can be reset. Instead biometrics need to be taken a step further. We need behavioural biometrics, or ongoing monitoring to paint a more accurate picture.
BehavioSec is one firm innovating in this area, adding an extra layer of security on top of existing measures: a "a process of non-invasive, frictionless verification" in the company's words. BehavioSec talks about multi-layered security with three pillars: something you have (a phone), something you know (a PIN code), and something you are (your physical or behavioral metrics). You can see a demo of its behavioral metrics detection system in action.
Make sure to check out Nield's full article in the source below.
Source: Read Write