[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0385495323″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RRKXRP0RL._SL110_.jpg” width=”72″]Cryptography and authentication are concerns for an increasingly digital-centric world. With so much of our information available on a range of devices, tablets, smartphones, laptops, now smart glasses, too, there is a need for adaptive security procedures that restrict the use of any device to its owner and prevents the unauthorized dissemination of private information from those devices. Most of us are probably familiar with the frequent patterned finger twitch that unlocks our smartphones. There are some estimations that so-called “power users” unlock their devices over 250 times per day. While this is an important action for privacy-conscious users to perform, it’s a bit of a hassle.
So a forward-thinking cryptography program for digital devices would continue to ensure device safety but also make it easier to lock and unlock data. Look to tattoos and vitamins for inspiration. After leaving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for Google, Regina Dugan has been working to realize a wearable or consumable version of passwords. Partnering with MC10 Inc., a company that designs monitoring devices for medical, defense, and consumer needs, Dugan and Google have developed a tattoo that contains antennas and sensors that can be used for near-field communication processes like unlocking a smartphone. The cryptographic tattoo isn’t fictional. Google indicated its seriousness for the project by applying for a patent for the invention.
Diversifying their future password plan, Dugan and Google have also teamed-up with Proteus Digital Health to manufacture pills that, when swallowed, would turn our bodies into authentication mechanisms. The pill would be powered by your stomach acid and would transmit an authenticated symbol that would allow you to just touch your smartphone, our front door, or your car and by recognizing you as a secure user, all of these things would automatically unlock. Apparently, the pill is approved by the Food and Drug Administration but will not be in commercial circulation for a few years.
As the size and cost of digital devices shrinks, there is enormous potential to manipulate their form and function. With cryptography tools like the password tattoo or pill, we have the opportunity to guarantee the security of our data and devices. If we lose our smartphone and it can only be unlocked by our presence, then it ceases to be a functional device for anyone but the owner. If a cars are designed to only respond to the touch of an authenticated user, there is the same security of individualized use.
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Photo Credit: MC10 Inc. and Proteus Health
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