Technology has gone through many leaps and bounds over the years and has come to a point where every aspect of the social as well as personal lives depend upon some form of service linked to technology. The biggest asset is the coming of age of smart devices which have made it easy for end users to stay connected and access relevant information in real time. But as the technology is evolving, there is a need for stringent security policies required as most of the interactions are being held online.
The recent launch of iPhone 5S has given a vital insight to the path technology is taking and how future security could be largely be dependent upon biometrics. Although it is not the first time, and company has used use of fingerprint scanner in its devices, but it is surely a fresh take on how users can have a secure environment for their online data sharing.
One of the major advantages of having biometrics in smartphones is that users won't have to fuss about having multiple passwords. This could also help custom mobile apps development with developers using this technology to securely identify user and help them login without the need for passwords.
There are many analysts who are of the view that in the coming few years the use of biometrics system in smartphones would become so cheap that the devices incorporating this technology would explode. This would bring a new change in the overall ethos of content sharing as passwords would take a back stage and most of the developers could utilize this technology for secure data sharing. Although there are technical problems and privacy concerns surrounding biometrics, its use has been rising among enterprise software solutions. The overall rate of adoption is still slow but is gaining substantially for critical security identification.
There is also another issue that has plagued the use of biometrics among core mobility solutions. The continued lack of industry standards has kept large-scale deployment from undertaking. They have been use for a very long time, but have just come to mainstream in the recent few years after the need for stringent security measures were sought by the end user. The combination of secure layers of OSS and strengthening of existing authentication measures would give a much needed boost to the overall infrastructure to provide highly interactive and intuitive biometric services.
In general, the use of biometrics has been gaining a lot of ground but due to disappointing performance, costly implementation, lack of industry standards, and lack of developer support, the provision of the devices have been largely scarce. But with Apple coming to the main stream and adopting biometrics into its core applications, it is just a matter of time when developers would start to jump the bandwagon and incorporate its use in their applications. Uptill now, apple has kept its use just for its core OS services, but many are of the view that once it is opened for third party developers the significant real-world implementations could be huge.