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Mobile security for wallet app uses eye verification technology

Vodafone Turkey is making it possible to simply look at a smartphone for authentication.

The Turkish branch of Vodafone has recently revealed that it will be using EyeVerify technology in order to boost the mobile security of its payments app, allowing customers to open their wallets simply by looking into the camera feature of their smartphones.

iPhone users of the Vodafone Cep Cüzdan mobile wallet app can already register their eyes.

In order to do this, they need only take a picture of their eyes. From that point on, in order to be able to get past the mobile security of their wallet app, they need to take a selfie in which they are looking at the camera. This verification feature is provided by way of the EyeVerify Eyeprint ID tech. That technology is actually able to create map of the unique pattern of veins within the user’s eyes. That is automatically converted into a complex 50 character password.

This mobile security technique takes the image of the individual’s eyes and transforms them into a complicated password.

Mobile Security - eye verification technologyThe Eyeprint ID takes the image and encrypts and scrambles it locally. For this reason the actual image and information never has to leave the mobile device. This is meant to make the mobile wallet even more secure because it means that it cannot be intercepted, lost, or stolen, says EyeVerify.

The new partnership with Vodafone is the outcome of a new contract that has been established between Olcsan CAD Technology and EyeVerify in Turkey.

Biometrics are becoming an increasingly important part of the mobile payments and wallet experience as a growing number of tech companies choose to add additional verification over the traditional password experience.

The use of fingerprints is becoming more commonplace than ever in order to boost mobile security for a device or a specific app. In this case it is a matter of using the patterns in the eyes of the user instead of focusing on a fingerprint or thumbprint to identify each individual user and block the wrong parties from gaining access. It is more than likely that biometrics will start to appear in an ever broader range of uses as this tech becomes more broadly used for financial purposes.

Mobile security tech from Google’s Project Vault looks like a microSD card

By using this technology, the goal is to greatly enhance the level of protection to smartphones.

Google has introduced a new project that is geared toward enhancing the mobile security of people’s smartphones, without having to change the way that manufacturers actually produce those mobile devices.

The Project Vault was announced last Friday, which jams a mass of security systems into a simple microSD card.

The majority of smartphones, tablets, and computers already recognize microSD cards as a type of digital storage device. However, at Google’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco, it was revealed that the company is working on a way to use that mobile technology as an upgrade to the mobile security that is already available in the device, but that makes it considerably more powerful.

Mobile security has become a major concern, particularly as smartphones are used for more sensitive purposes.

Mobile Security - SmartphonesAmong the primary reasons that people give for hesitating to adopt mobile payments and to shopping over their smartphones and tablets, for instance, is that they aren’t entirely confident that it will keep their data secure. By boosting the security of those mobile devices, many people feel that consumers will feel more comfortable in broadening their use of the gadgets to include areas such as wallets.

According to the head of the Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) at Google, Regina Dugan, “Project Vault is your digital mobile safe.”

Adding the Vault card will incorporate what is pretty much a secure computer that will guard over a smartphone owner’s personal information. For instance, it can scramble or encrypt chat messages from a messenger app, and it can boost the required levels of authentication that are necessary for your device to recognize that you are who you say you are. The card also uses a near field communication technology (NFC) chip in order to be able to communicate with other very nearby devices.

The mobile security microSD card is only 4 GB and it can be recognized by any type of operating system, including Android, iOS, Windows, and BlackBerry. The software is run directly off the microSD card.