Even the most obscure password can be hacked. This means that developers are always trying to come up with the next best thing. In a classic example of life imitating art—think of all those sci-fi movies going decades back, where doors were opened by eye or voice scans—we may have hit the jackpot with biometric authentication. After all, your physical attributes, such as fingerprints, iris or voice, are not so easy, if not impossible to duplicate.
Biometric authentication takes advantage of features that are already native to nearly every single smartphone—a microphone, camera, fingerprint scanner —and allows your phone to use a layered authentication method to prove your identity. This could be a combination of face and voice recognition or any other mix of biometrics that is nearly impossible to hack.
Many companies are already leading the way when it comes to bringing multimodal biometrics to the average smartphone consumer. Some are even trying to bring biometric authentications to commercial entities, such as financial services and payment providers.
One very good verifier for biometrics that these companies are working on is GPS location. After all, if someone is trying to access your phone or bank account from a location thousands of miles from where you actually are, there’s a good chance it’s not you trying to do it and that can be easily verified.
Read the full article for more trends to follow in 2017.