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How Will Wearables Change Multi Factor Authentication?

Samsung is expanding the capabilities of it's new smartwatch, and making it increasingly compatible with it's other Galaxy devices (smartphones and tablets).

Wearables raise some compelling questions around multi factor authentication, especially where the devices are linked to function as a "team". Will these devices take the place of traditional hardware tokens? A company called Bionym has already launched a wearable device for this purpose, however these developments have the potential to move far beyond yes/no authentication and the device whose sole purpose is to authenticate a user, to contributing to a more nuanced view of who a user really is. When these devices communicate with each other, their mere presence, along with the data they are collecting and processing, create a more in depth view of the user that hasn't been accessible before. Possibly most interesting here are the possibilities for biometric and behavioral data these devices will be able to collect. If your watch can detect your heartbeat and use it as an authentication method for apps on your phone, you as a user have built-in authentication that doesn't require you to consciously do anything it all. 

We will see the newest generation of wearables have an impact in the authentication space, as the data available to determine the identity of the user is made more varied and communication improves across smart devices.