Although mobile phones have security risks, they may also be able to provide an easy way to add a layer of authentication, says Business Computing World.
The advantage to using smart phones as authenticating devices for building access, online services and authenticating PC logins is that people generally always have their smartphone with them. They don’t have to remember to carry another device, such as a hard token key card.
With smart phones’ increasing capabilities to incorporate biometrics and GPS location tracking, soft tokens can be added to phones to turn them into authenticating devices.
Phones can also incorporate layered security for stronger authentication. Using SMS or special apps can help combat certain types of attacks like Man in the Browser malware.
Mobile device makers are becoming more aware of these possibilities and are starting to find ways to add security measures to phones. Apple’s partnership with AuthenTec to examine the addition of biometrics to its devices is just one of many ways soft tokens may be incorporated into phones.
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