Facial recognition and fingerprint scanning systems are excellent tools for making sure mobile devices are safe from intruders. But as good as they are, they are still bound to some limitations. Moreover, mobile users often struggle a bit when trying to switch effectively and easily between the two technologies. As for intruders, the most persistent of them can conquer facial recognition and fingerprint reading systems by letting users unlock their devices (either unwittingly or under duress) or sometimes coming up with false (but convincing) identities.
This week, Synaptics, one of Samsung’s manufacturing partners, has officially introduced a new fingerprint sensor for smartphone devices. The Natural ID FS9100 sensor is an optical type of scanner that can be fitted under a handset’s glass display screen. Most of today’s fingerprint sensors are of the capacitive type, which meant that they require a dedicated space of their own on the phone’s screen real estate, e.g.
According to a report released by security firm Kryptowire, certain commercial firmware preloaded on a number of Android powered mobile devices released in the United States smartphone market are actually transmitting personal information to a third party in China.
The Daily Beast certainly thinks so. According to a report published on the news website just this week, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has an initiative called Project Hemisphere that apparently does surveillance of the warrantless kind, and AT&T is earning millions out of taxpayers’ money in the process.
Quite inevitably, passwords will be a thing of the past, replaced by biometric methods for identity verification. It is actually starting right now with most high profile smartphone releases featuring a fingerprint reader of some kind.
Android mobile users might be glad to know that the crew behind Google’s mobile security has taken the opportunity to roll out an Android update that should fix a couple of security flaws that could potentially put Android handsets at risk if cybercriminals had taken advantage of them.
According to a research team from Check Point, an Israeli security company, they have discovered four new security flaws found in Android powered smartphones and tablet devices that sport a certain Qualcomm processor. And those flaws could let hackers gain full control of that Android handset.
Just this week, Google took the opportunity to reveal a new feature on its Android mobile operating system that sends notifications to mobile users of new devices and security related occurrences on their account by way of onscreen alerts. Basically, this is how it all works -- when a new handset is added to the user’s account, native Android alerts, i.e.
There is a new mobile app that made its debut in Apple’s App Store last weekend, and it has the ability to alert iOS mobile users if the security of their iPhone devices has been compromised. Specifically, the System and Security Info app monitors the iPhone’s central processing unit (CPU), storage, and disk usage, plus a list of all ongoing processes.
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