What Does the Future of Mobile Security Look Like?

Simplicity is very often where the trouble lies.

Two-Factor Authentication will become the de facto standard

If you’re not already using Two-Factor Authentication, at some point in the future you won’t have a choice. But what is Two-Factor Authentication (aka 2FA)? Simple: When you employ 2FA you add another layer to the login process. Using an app like the Google Authenticator or Authy, you retrieve a 6-digit code that is required (after the regular username/password is successfully entered) in order to login to the app or service you are attempting to use. Without that 6-digit code, you won’t be able to log in.

Phone logins will start to employ multi-factor authentication

And speaking of which, you might think that PIN/Password/Fingerprint/Face unlock is enough to keep your phone safe from unwanted users. But is it, really? If you fall asleep, someone could hold your phone to your face or press your finger to the fingerprint scanner and voila! they’re in.

More frequent (and smaller) security updates

The state of security and mobile operating system updates/upgrades is a disaster. Many times those updates come in the form of larger upgrades that not only take time but can cause things to break. Migrating from one major release of an operating system to another means all of those installed apps must comply with the new platform.

Sideloading applications no longer possible

Sideloading apps is the process of installing mobile apps from outside the default app store (Google Play Store or Apple App Store). Very often, when problems arise, it’s because users have installed apps from third-party sites.

Application vetting will become considerably more rigorous

Along the same lines, understand that application vetting will become so rigorous, you shouldn’t be surprised if your app is denied submission the first few times. Both Google and Apple are going to become incredibly strict on their security policies and will be quick to refuse a submission.

Conclusion

The mobile landscape is constantly shifting. Because hackers are always finding new ways to steal data, mobile developers must do everything they can to stay one step ahead. These are just a few ways our mobile devices could become more secure in the future. But I suspect that by the time the future arrives, everything will have so drastically changed, even these ideas will barely tip the scales away from the bad guys.

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Emma White

I’m a tech writer, IT enthusiast, and business development manager living in Miami.