Getting people to secure their smartphones is a tough job. They contain our entire digital lives, everything from confidential emails to sensitive bank information. That presents a bit of a problem if we lose our phones and they fall into the wrong hands. Protecting against this can be as simple as setting a basic lock code on the smartphone’s lockscreen, but studies show that a lot of smartphone users don’t bother. I’ll admit that I’m often one of those people — it’s just easier to live with the risk than deal with tapping numbers or swiping fingers across my screen every time I pick up my phone to check Twitter or do something else (which can easily be over a hundred times a day).
The major smartphone makers have been working on different security methods for years to encourage more people to safeguard their phones. These methods range from the inconvenient and unsecure, like Google’s Face Unlock system in Android, to the quick and painless, like Apple’s Touch ID on the iPhone 5S . Motorola debuted a number of new lockscreen options with the Moto X last year, including trusted Bluetooth devices and the Skip accessory .
Google’s Advanced Technologies and Products group , the same team that develops moonshot ideas like modular cellphones and devices that can map a room in 3D space , has also been working on this problem. Last year, Regina Dugan, head of the group that came over to Google from Motorola, showed off concepts that lets you use a sticker on your skin to unlock your phone or swallow a pill that can authenticate you. The sticker is a temporary tattoo with an NFC chip inside, not unlike the cartoonish temporary tattoos you can purchase from vending machines in department stores across the country.
It’s taken over a year, but as of a few weeks ago, you can actually purchase temporary tattoos to unlock your phone. Motorola partnered with a company […]