We’re definitely not talking about the actual part of the screen where you push your finger. We’re more concerned with the actual functionality of the fingerprint sensor; and the idea of giving your fingerprint data to an Android smartphone in the first place.
More people are becoming aware of the value of their personal data and how it’s used. The internet was once full of surveys, just to have human input of information in bulk. Data analysis has seen a surge over the past five years. Online information and data has even been integrated within successful political campaigns.
Are phone users that lazy? You just possibly can’t input a numerical code onto your screen, is it? It would honestly save you a lot of hassle. But either way, smartphone users are still going to enjoy the sensor and the fingerprint option.
I’m not getting all conspiracy-like on you. I’m talking facts, actually. When it comes to governmental processes, your fingerprint data is considered a top-tier verification method. But nowadays, the regular phone user allows third parties to have such data with their permission. Would that ever put you at risk?
We know it’s much simpler to just touch your screen, and instantly have your phone activated. But what if a hacker gets hold of your fingerprints? When combined with other personal information, identity theft might be a lot easier than it used to be.
Cyber Criminals Prey on Your Personal Information
We’re not fooling ourselves, data is one of the most valued types of personal possessions on earth these days. Through tactics and malicious techniques, you can easily become someone; with a different bank account, different name and face. That’s, of course, if you’re looking to have a felony on your back.
But cyber criminals don’t care much for the consequences of their actions. They’re always determined to leech off your personal information, and gain as much as they can for themselves.
Once a hacker gets hold of your data, they can cause you a lot of harm. These are the most common reasons why hackers infiltrate systems to extract personal information:
- Identity theft
- Spoofing a phone number
- Using others’ bank accounts and credit card information
- Sell the data online to third-parties for unlawful advertisements
We’ve witnessed over the past decade multiple crucial hacks that shook most of Europe. The cyber-criminals targeted major companies, governmental institutions and even personal computers. It’s an ongoing battle, but they’re not the only ones playing it.
Cyber Security Specialists are Always on the Lookout!
Lots of people don’t differentiate between cyber criminals and security specialists. In all honesty, there’s not much difference to how they’re both trained. Some were hackers in the past and chose the right side of the game. Some are determined to keep the internet a safe place for us all.
But luckily, online security specialists are always improving themselves to remain up-to-date. As hackers are always changing their ways of technological criminal activity, specialists have to keep up with the progress. For every new loophole found, there must be a proper fix.
But what can you do to help cyber security specialists in keeping your digital information safe?
Acknowledge How Important Your Digital Information Is
Zuckerberg wasn’t questioned in the Congress because he allows too many ads on Facebook. It’s only because the government is aware of how important online information is, and how companies should and should not be using them. You as an online user should rise to that level of awareness, and keep your information as safe as possible.
It’s one of the reasons why we’re questioning the true functionality of the fingerprint sensor on smartphone devices. It’s not really necessary to use this method to lock our phones. Then, why make such data available in digital form with the possibility of being hacked?
Here are some ways to keep your online information safe:
- Always be cautious of what you download; make sure of the authenticity of the developer or service provider.
- Don’t download too many unnecessary apps.
- Don’t voluntarily provide your personal information where not needed.
- Keep a trusted security app or software on your device.
- Don’t open emails or click on links that you’re somewhat suspicious about.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, right? That’s more true than ever when it comes to digital properties. Always take proper measures when dealing with your valuable information. Don’t be foolish enough to run after every new app out there. Think before you venture into something new, it might save you a lot of hassle.
Are you still thinking about using your fingerprint sensor? It’s been proven that it’s not even the safest way to lock your phone. Your fingerprint is literally printed wherever you go. Let us know in the comments section below if you prefer to user other security measures on your Android device. We’re more than happy to know what you guys are into.