We have a right to be paranoid about personal security, what with government spooks, advertisers, and hackers from all over the world trying desperately to crack into our Macs, iPhones, and iPad, or track our every move online. Since security is such an important issue, I thought the world could benefit from Kate MacKenzie’s Totally Free, Almost Foolproof, Nearly Ultimate Security Plan For Mac, iPhone, And iPad. I hereby bequeath my plan to Apple Inc to be incorporated into future models of the aforementioned devices.
What’s the plan?
We want out devices to be secured from prying eyes and snooping snoops. We’ll let Apple continue to provide the security for iOS and OS X, but Apple could use some of what already exists in every Mac notebook, iPhone, and iPad to lock down devices from thieves, family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Each device comes with a built-in camera, a microphone, and a keyboard. Future Macs and all iPhones and iPads will also have TouchID’s fingerprint sensor. How about if Apple combined all those items into a multi-layered security app. I’ll call it Apple Security. Clever, no?
Here’s how Apple Security would work.
First, facial recognition. Each device already has a built-in camera, so Apple could easily incorporation facial recognition into the security app. Capture a photo or movie of you staring into your Mac, iPhone, or iPad for reference. That’s the first layer.
Second, voice recognition. Each device already has a built-in microphone, so Apple could easily incorporate voice recognition into the security app. Capture your voice speaking a word or phrase that only you know. That’s the second layer, but made stronger by working with the facial recognition option.
Third, Touch ID. Except for the Mac and iPad mini, most of Apple’s popular devices (iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus) have Touch ID built in, and it’s a quick and convenient way to unlock the devices, pay for purchases, and open locked apps. Put Touch ID into every Apple product and security will increase to another level (Touch ID in an iMac or Mac Pro or Mac mini keyboard would suffice.
All three, in concert, then combined with File Vault for file level protection, would result in a very secure product.
Finally, complex but easily entered passwords. But instead of the standard digit password that’s the basis for security on iPhone and iPad, Apple could incorporate a typed word or phrase as the master password, but with multiple layers of complexity (longer passwords with symbols, upper and lower case letters; hence, more security).
All four together would provide for far greater security than we have now. Here’s a scenario. Pull out the iPhone (or, iPad, or sit down in front of your Mac), and speak the device’s name (a name you choose). The device awakens but awakens in security mode, awaiting facial recognition, Touch ID, and the right voice recognition command. Speak the security phrase while pressing the appropriate finger on Touch ID. Your device scans your face, recognizes your finger, and checks your voice. That alone could be enough to unlock the device, but if your device can sense where you are, the tougher password phrase could be incorporated, too.
See? If Apple would simply tie together all the components that already exist, The Kate Mackenzie Totally Free, Almost Foolproof, Nearly Ultimate Security Plan For Mac, iPhone, And iPad would help to secure your Apple device like never before.
Of course, nothing is completely foolproof because fools are so ingenious. Hey, wouldn’t this idea make a great Kickstarter campaign?