Can your smartphone authenticate your digital identity?
Technology advances, increasingly aimed at mobile devices, create new ways to identify and authenticate our digital identity when carrying out operations and transactions on the Internet. An example of this is the use of our smartphone as our identity card.
Today the vast majority of us don’t leave home without our smartphone (sometimes I even doubt that there are exceptions since almost 7 billion mobile phones are currently active on the planet), which has become a key relationship and communication element in our lives. Not only do we use it to make and receive calls, now a secondary function at best; but to access the Internet, communicate using digital messaging systems, and already many use it as a means for making payments and to carry out other electronic procedures that require identification and authentication of our digital identity.
This advancement is just another achievement of the digital economy that prevails in society today which improves relationships between users-citizens, government and businesses. However, in order to ensure the benefits of the relationships and digital management, we cannot ignore transaction security which is the key element in these processes in order to avoid fraud and identity theft.
How does my Smartphone authenticate my digital identity?
This is possible thanks to the SIM card which is encrypted using cryptographic algorithms, and at the present time no one can question that cryptography is the safest and most reliable technology for data encryption and protection.
In addition, we should not forget that the SIM card has distinct advantages when compared to other systems in that every mobile line associated to each smartphone device is personal, unique and nontransferable.
All of this makes it more secure than other identification and authentication processes that are less robust and more susceptible to attacks by hackers; such as access using a password.
What makes my smartphone as a means for identification and authentication of my digital identity even more secure?
The digital signature based on cryptographic hardware to digitally sign transactions we carry out online; whether it be a process involving a public administration or when using the device as a payment means because it reinforces the process of identification and authentication of the signer, minimizes the risk of identity theft and fraud (you can read this related leadership article http://goo.gl/Qz7zt9 ) and in addition attests the integrity of the signed document.
In short, the smartphone as a means of authentication for online transactions is already a reality, but it is a reality that as users, companies, or institutions we should require robust security measures, or in other words, guarantees.
A recent study by the Secure Identity Alliance and the Boston Consulting Group predicted that the US is the country that will most benefit from this trend, both in terms of efficiency and profitability, followed by Europe and Asia.
I am convinced that the progress and intrinsic advantages provided by the use of the smartphone as a means of identification and authentication of digital identity indicate that it will be gradually be adopted by more countries.
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