Apple builds in an array of safeguards to help us use our devices but also to protect our files from outside intrusion, whether criminal or government authorities (these days I’m not sure there’s any difference).
Our first line of defense is the antiquated username and password. It works, but there are many ways around it and using both components to maintain security also reduces usability. iPhone, iPad, and now MacBook Pro users have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor which adds another layer of security, and a good way to authenticate purchases online or at a retail store. What’s missing?
3 More Layers
Apple wants to patent a new security feature with Siri. As Siri works today, anyone can issue a command. Siri just listens and responds accordingly and cannot tell your voice from an F.B.I. agent or your neighbor. That’s about to change. Siri could become like Touch ID for your voice.
Let’s say that Apple’s voice recognition technology has become so good that Siri can recognize your voice vs. any other voice. Just as we do with Touch ID’s fingerprint sensor, we’ll need to talk to Siri so the technology can make a map of our voice. Then, in the future, all we need to do is tell Siri what we want. Siri will recognize the voice and respond accordingly. If the voice isn’t recognized, no action takes place (other than a setting whereby Siri phones the police and issues an intruder or kidnapper alert; that would be cool).
Think of that technology as a voice print, one of three additional layers of security Apple could place into iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
The second is facial recognition. Recent rumors say Apple has 3D camera technology ready for iPhone 8 that is so good it can recognize you from your face looking into the FaceTime camera.
Third, is a built-in iris scanner that works much like you’d seen on N.C.I.S. TV shows or Mission Impossible movies. Let the camera scan the iris in your eye and you have yet another layer of security.
Combo Security Options
Usernames and passwords are not likely to go away any time soon. Two-factor authentication helps, but more security is needed and Apple appears ready to move in that direction. Touch ID was the third option and that sets the stage for voice recognition, facial recognition, and iris scanners.
Now, put them all together, add encryption, and what do you have? An iPhone, iPad, and Mac with multiple layers of additional security, yet an easy way to get into and use your device without having to enter a long, complicated password. Look into the devices camera. Speak a keyword password to trigger the iris scanner, facial recognition, and voice print check. Done. You’re in.
How’s that for a multi-level security system?