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Mobile Authentication Methods and How They Can be Managed

Mobile devices require both user and endpoint authentication whenever the device is connected to a business network. Authentication acts as a security measure that verifies the users and the systems whether they are who they claim to be. By asking for identity and credentials, the system is able to secure your device.

If not well authenticated, the occurrence of abuses, misuse and attack as well any other form of breach quickly occurs. Below are a number of authentication methods and how they can be managed.

Identity Authentication methods

A secure mobile authentication technique should be one that is combining the strength and enforce ability with the usability of the method. You should consider both network and device access credentials and how the given method will satisfy your platform, security as well as the user requirements.

How to deal with Passwords

To avoid creating a password that can be easily guessed; you should incorporate the aspect of complexity, longevity and timeout rules. If you use complex passwords on your mobile device, it might prove hard to use. In this case, if you must use passwords, do ensure that they combine with policies that go hand in hand with mobile needs, for instance, make it possible to receive calls without having to enter passwords.

Digital Certificates as an Identity form

Certificates are deemed to be stronger than passwords as they are used to bind an identity to a private or public key. An example of this is the case of a laptop that is WI-FI connected, it is switched on with a password and goes on to use a certificate within the device for WPA-Enterprise authentication.

Use of Smart Cards

A smart card is used as a security chip that is embedded in an MMC or SD or a credit card memory. This chip is important as it provides storage space for the cryptographic keys that are used in the encryption and authentication process.

Use of Hardware Tokens

Hardware tokens allow the generation of one-time passwords that are used by many companies to authentic laptop users. In this method, the user types in their password and then adds the token strings provided. This is a most secure way of authenticating your device as passwords are not repeated. There is no password sharing in this technique, and therefore you can be guaranteed of top security.

The use of Biometrics in Authentication

Biometric is typically a method that is used for multiple factor authentication and combines either two of these: something you possess like a token, what you know e.g., a password, and what you are e.g. fingerprints. Biometrics can be conveniently used on commonly used mobile devices, but environmental factors must be put into consideration.