Goodbye facial recognition and fingerprint authentication—your sweat might be the key to your phone's security

What fingerprint technology? Researchers at the University of Albany are working on a new security technology that will allow users to unlock mobile phones with sweat.

Authentication processes for current mobile devices aren’t foolproof. Even Apple’s iPhone face recognition technology doesn’t work at times and isn’t as accurate as you would hope. Pins and passwords can be easily seen. The research team discovered that a person’s unique sweat profile might actually be the best security measure for mobile devices.

The process isn’t so simple, though. The technology has to monitor the phone owner’s perspiration pattern and then build an amino acid profile, which does not happen overnight. The monitoring period has to take place at different times of the day to measure the different sweat patterns. Genetics, ethnicity and age will definitely play a role here too.

University of Albany

What fingerprint technology? Researchers at the University of Albany are working on a new security technology that will allow users to unlock mobile phones with sweat.

Authentication processes for current mobile devices aren’t foolproof. Even Apple’s iPhone face recognition technology doesn’t work at times and isn’t as accurate as you would hope. Pins and passwords can be easily seen. The research team discovered that a person’s unique sweat profile might actually be the best security measure for mobile devices.