There are two ways our iPhones (and Mac and iPad) can be hacked. The most difficult is by a hacker. Despite phishing escapades, social engineering attacks, and good old fashioned online hacking attempts, our iPhones, Macs, and iPad remain mostly secure.
The second way for someone else to get into our iPhones (and Mac and iPad) used to be the easiest. Guess the password; an option that not even half of all iPhone owners used to employ because it took too much time to pick up the iPhone, get the alphanumeric pad on the screen, enter the proper security code, then use the device (yes, similar issues prohibited good security on Mac and iPad).
Touch ID changed that and made secure access to iPhone and iPad a breeze; almost instant. The Mac, of course, didn’t get Touch ID until the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar last year, but with Watch a Mac can be unlocked thanks to proximity security (hint: not all that secure).
I have a list of five ways to better iPhone security, and Apple has two pretty well nailed down, and one rolling out with iPhone 8 later this summer, but two more still need to be implemented.
So, we have passwords and complex passwords, Touch ID as the fingerprint sensor, what’s coming next?
Word on the streets of rumors says Apple’s new iPhone will have 3D sensors and a very good face recognition system built in. Assume for a moment that Apple does not do something totally stupid like removing Touch ID entirely from the new iPhone, and another layer of security comes to the iPhone (and, eventually, Mac and iPad). This is one clear way that Apple differentiates their devices from the riffraff available elsewhere.
I have two more on my list of five.
First, voice recognition. With an always on microphone for the latest iPhone’s, this shouldn’t be that difficult. Apple’s voice recognition would be voice specific. It will listen only to your voice, not a recording, not an impersonator; just your voice.
Second, and added to voice recognition as a method of unlocking an iPhone, would be a keyword or phrase known only to you– and your iPhone. “Hey, iPhone. It’s me, Dave” and let the unlocking begin.
That gets me to five methods to unlock an iPhone (and future iPads and Macs). Password, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, face recognition, voice recognition, voice password.
What’s not to like?
Use all five, or use any of the five in any combination, or in any sequence. Try to get into an iPhone without the right password, or fingerprint, or face, or voice, or passphrase– in the wrong combination or sequence– and the iPhone goes into lockdown mode or erase mode.
That, my friends, is some lip-smacking security which could be as easy as lifting the iPhone while pressing a finger on Touch ID and uttering the proper passphrase.
How cool is that?