In this digital age, are we all password-ed out? Take this quiz to find out

How much time do you think you spend every day just to unlock your smartphones to text or take a selfie? How tied to the hip are you with your passwords? Is there no faster, better, more unique way out there? 

Take this simple quiz and find out!

1. How many times do you think you unlock your smartphone every day?

2. What kind of passwords do you use with your smartphone?

3. How long is your password on the average for most of your accounts?

4. How often have you typed your password wrongly when trying to unlock your smartphone?

5. How many other passwords do you have to unlock APPs on your smartphone, such as e-banking, home surveillance, etc.?

6. On the average, how much time do you think you are spending to unlock your smartphone every day?

7. How long does it take you to come up with a new password or pattern?

 

(Scoring: A-1point B-2 points C- 3 points D – 4 points)

Score between 0 to 9

You are borderline password-ed! We are impressed by the confidence you have in yourself to keeping your phone save and secure. Do you know you are making it so easy for hackers to access most or all of your account information? The best way to prevent unauthorized access is by setting some sort of lock on your phone. The approach does not have to be complicated and it can be done with a single tap. To learn more, please stay tuned for Huawei’s announcement at IFA (visit http://consumer.huawei.com/en/ from September 4).

Score between 10 to 19

You are just average password-ed! You are spending a reasonable amount of time of your phone but do you know there is a better way out to give you a few extra minutes to be spent with your buddy instead. To learn more, please stay tuned for Huawei’s announcement at IFA (visit http://consumer.huawei.com/en/ from September 4). 

Score between 20 to 28

You are hands-down the most password-ed individual! Do you know that the average person unlocks his or her phone around 100 to 150 times a day, while some have been measured to unlock over 900 times. This is equivalent to spending 30 minutes every day of your life just to unlock your phone! You could have used that time for a quick run, a movie plus dinner with friends, even a Lord of the Rings movie marathon! Your ingenious password is indeed keeping your smartphone safe and secure but it is also taking up a huge chunk of your time. We have a life-changing alternative for you! Stay tuned for Huawei’s announcement at IFA (visit http://consumer.huawei.com/en/ from September 4). 

Fingerprints forever

Passwords Come and Go, but a Fingerprint is Forever How many passwords does it take to drive a person crazy? Throughout our day, whether we are getting money from the ATM, paying bills online, logging in to our social media accounts, or unlocking computers and mobile devices, a password is required to access our personal information. Remembering all of those passwords can be extremely frustrating and time-consuming if you don’t get them right and have to request for new ones. In order to provide consumers with a more convenient and secure option, there have been significant advancements in device-based biometric security features, particularly fingerprint readers. This technology is gaining in popularity as 525 million smartphones with integrated fingerprint sensors are expected to ship in 2017, up from 45.7 million this year.

Fingerprint readers are being recognized for the increased convenience they can bring to a consumer’s daily life. Rather than having to first remember and then punch in a passcode, a device can be unlocked with just the touch of a finger. Going beyond unlocking a device, this technology aims to end password fatigue as your fingerprint - instead of passwords - can be used to access information, such as cloud accounts, sensitive files, log into websites, and pay for new apps. With the average person having 30 to 50 accounts requiring a password, fingerprint readers have the promise to make life noticeably easier.

The enhanced security fingerprint readers bring is also crucial, given the amount of sensitive and personal data that is housed on our devices and the ease in which passwords can be stolen or hacked. For example, in August 2014 it was reported that 1.2 billion Internet passwords and user names were stolen by a cybercrime gang, and, there is always the low-tech possibility of someone figuring out your passcode while looking your shoulder.

Although fingerprint technology is being explored by a number of companies, the advancements Huawei has made in this area set the company apart. Huawei’s fingerprint reader technology offers unsurpassed convenience as it allows users to unlock their phone in nearly half the time as compared with devices offering fingerprint sensors currently on the market, many of which use a slower sweeping recognition option. Huawei fingerprint sensors are also more accurate, using a higher ratio of pixels per inch, meaning consumers won’t have to swipe over and over before being able to unlock their device – even with wet fingers or in the rain.

Allowing for multiple users is another benefit of Huawei’s fingerprint technology, as different fingerprints can be used to provide different levels of access for different people, such as children.

“For fingerprints to replace passwords on smartphones, the technology needs to be lightning fast, easy to use and fully reliable during everyday use,” said Mr. Xu Yaxin, Chief Researcher at Huawei’s Shanghai Research and Design Institute. “In the last year, we have worked on fine-tuning our technology and we are so excited that we will be announcing a revolutionary way for smartphone users to experience this coming IFA 2014. Stay tuned!”

Through its fingerprint reader and other upcoming biometric applications, Huawei plans to bring together the perfect combination of safety and convenience for a totally unique, post-password future.