In today’s digital age, focusing on password management is crucial to safeguarding personal and professional data against identity theft or hacks against your business. In addition to password management solutions, many businesses are turning to additional security measures such as biometric scanning to protect their corporate devices.

In order to successfully manage your passwords and keep up with the latest developments in device security, follow these tips.

Incorporate Biometrics Into Password Protocols

Samsung Pass is a solution for storing, managing and securing your personal and corporate passwords on your smartphone. But unlike other password management solutions, Samsung Pass allows you to replace your IDs and passwords with your biometrics. People forget passwords, but they can’t forget their biometrics. Moving to a solution like Samsung Pass alleviates the need to follow the above steps, because the solution does the work for you.

By 2020, some 86% of all companies with a mobile fleet will have biometric authentication enabled, according to a 2018 survey from Spiceworks. In that same survey, however, just 10% believed biometrics alone is the most secure method.

Which leads to a potential multi-factor authentication protocol…

Use Two-Factor Authentication for Added Security

Two-factor authentication (2FA) requires not only one password, but another authentication factor to verify the identity of a user. A standard 2FA method is to text a passcode to the user’s smartphone. Some programs allow you to use biometric authentication as part of your 2FA.

Biometric scanning is the ultimate unique identifier for securing your personal or corporate mobile device. Because only one person can use the iris scanner, it decreases the number of people who can access your phone; it can recognize you even if you’re wearing glasses or contact lenses. Since it’s quick and easy, it also enhances the user experience while strengthening security, offering a more seamless solution to 2FA mobile security.

Iris information on devices with Samsung Pass is digitized and saved in a Knox TrustZone as an encryption code. While there are some reports of fake fingerprints fooling biometric scanners, you’ll have a hard time fooling iris scanning outside of “Mission Impossible.” The iris scanning technology in today’s scanners can sense the difference between a human eye and an artificial eye, making it a very difficult biometric to duplicate.

Keep Passwords As Unique As Your Fingerprint

For stronger security practices, you must keep all your passwords unique. Repeating passwords between applications and websites means if one application is compromised, other accounts where that password is used are vulnerable as well.

The 2017 Credential Spill Report by Shape Security shows that more than 3 billion credentials were reported stolen in 2016. Further, Shape noted that testing stolen credentials (known in the security world as a credential stuffing attack) generated more than 90 percent of login traffic on many of the world’s largest websites and mobile applications.

Keep the Iris, Change The Password

Having unique passwords doesn’t mean you get out of changing them on a regular basis, because it’s security mitigation that any user can perform for themselves. Most enterprise IT departments have policies for employees to change passwords, and enterprise and SaaS applications often have similar requirements for users. Changing user passwords regularly is part of many corporate compliance programs. It’s also a best practice to change passwords after a known security breach.

When you don’t have corporate policies nudging you to change your passwords, consider using the end of the year or another calendar event as a time to change your important personal passwords. Coupling consistently unique passwords with biometrics in the multi-factor authentication mode on your mobile device, whether it’s company mandated or not, is going to be best practice.

Beyond The Corporate Policy

Password policies are also part of many corporate BYOD and COPE programs. Your employer could use an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution to set the following policies:

  • Lock screen password to protect the physical security of the device
  • Password protection over any corporate-mandated secure containers on the device
  • Encryption to protect corporate data residing on the device
  • Encryption over any corporate online communications from the device

Falling in line with those policies is going to enhance, not limit a user’s productivity. If those are the plans an IT team has in place for securing its data, it must be strong enough to keep personal information safe as well.

Password Management and You

Password security is an individual responsibility — both at work and at home. If you are proactive and use a password management solution with biometric authentication, you’ll be better prepared against potential attacks against your personal and corporate data.

See how Samsung Pass can help your business – and end users – navigate the biometric security process with ease.