Fingerprint sensor could very well be the next step in mobile phone security — that’s what Hong Kong company FingerQ is hoping anyway being that it’s designed cases for a lot of popular models featuring fingerprint sensors. The cases will be launched July 23rd and are expected to cost between $40 and $60. The company’s website lists models for popular Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 and S4, as well as the Sony Xperia Z or HTC One.
What can the technology be used for, you ask? Well, it won’t replace your password or security lock, at least for the time being, but for those companies who are looking for a bit more security to protect its data, possibly an angle there.
The technology is fairly straight-forward and can be used to encrypt anything from chat apps to images. Just swipe your find on the sensor to send or decrypt. According to CNET Asia who reviewed the solution, you can also use it to lock certain apps and require a swipe of the finger before the will open. Now that sounds interesting.
Biometric senors have gone mainstream on the PC for several years now so it’s no shocker we will starting seeing this kind of tech on mobile devices as well. When you consider all the personal or corporate data on these devices. Security is all about layers and Biometrics is a great layer at that!