Enabling the lockscreen on your smartphone is one of the easiest ways to protect your privacy, but recent studies have shown that the majority of mobile device owners leave their smartphones unprotected because entering a PIN code or swipe pattern is too cumbersome. It only takes a few seconds to enter a PIN code, but the average person unlocks their phone 39 times per day and that time adds up. Thanks to advancements in wearable technology, device passwords could soon become a thing of the past.
Last week we saw the debut of the new Motorola Moto X, which includes several new features geared towards enhancing personal privacy. A wearable accessory called Motorola Skip will unlock the phone with a simple tap. It can be placed on a shirt sleeve, belt loop, purse strap or anywhere else that is convenient. Motorola also includes three Skip dots that are stickers which can be placed on your work desk, car dashboard, or night stand.
Another cool security feature is called Trusted Bluetooth Devices. When this software setting is switched on, the phone’s lockscreen will be disabled when it is actively paired with another device that has been marked as trusted. That means you could easily access your phone without a PIN code when it’s connected to a pair of wireless headphones, a smartwatch like Pebble, or your car stereo.
Others are also working to create wearable technology that makes security more convenient. John McLear recently launched a successful Kickstarter project for his NFC Ring that can be used to unlock doors and mobile phones, and to transfer information and link people. The programmable ring was a huge hit with early adopters and the crowdfunded project exceeded its goal by 800 percent.
The best part about these advancements in wearable technology is that they are compatible with millions of existing devices that support Bluetooth or NFC. Third party developers are already releasing applications that support these unlock features, and I expect we will see Apple and Google integrate similar technologies with future updates to their mobile operating systems.
Pretty soon, you will no longer have an excuse not to lock your phone.
Wearables are a benefit to your mobile privacy, but you still need strong mobile security to go along with them. Are you concerned about malware on your Android device? Make sure you’ve got a solid defense with a product like NQ Mobile Security.