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Mobile Authentication Methods and How They Can be Managed

Any time mobile devices are connected to business networks, there is a need to ensure that user and endpoint authentication is applied. Authentication acts as a security measure that verifies the users and the systems whether they are who they claim to be. By the use of usernames as an identity and a password as the user credentials, then the authentication process will be successful.

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.

How to Authenticate the Identity of your device

Combining the aspects of power and applicability, as well as usability, will ensure a strong authentication method. The device and network credentials should always be the ones to guide you in ensuring that the method you select meets the security, platform and user requirements.

Passwords authentication

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. Passwords that are used on mobile devices should be cater to the mobile needs to ease the usage of the phone, for example, let the user receive calls and other notifications without entering a password.

How to use Digital Certificates to confirm user Identity

Certificates are deemed to be stronger than passwords as they are used to bind an identity to a private or public key. This can be explained using a Wi-Fi laptop that is unlocked using a password and then uses a certificate 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 generate a one-time password and are used to authenticate laptop users by many companies. The user will type in their password, and they enter the string provided by the token which lasts for only a minute. key-loggers And crackers can be kept off by this method as the passwords that are used are for a one-time usage.The security of your device is guaranteed with this approach as the passwords that are used are never the same in the subsequent logins. Hardware token prohibits the sharing of passwords ensuring that your device is always secure.

How you can use Biometrics as an Authentication Method

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. This method can be actually used on mobile devices that are in constant use while still putting into consideration the environmental factors like noise and dirt.