Since mobile phone are far more pervasive than traditional computers, and because they are often times more complex while providing less information to users, mobile phones have been come the target-of-choice for criminal hackers:

Mobile phones have become the new prey of choice for hackers.

There are many simple ways to make yourself a harder target for hackers, including: using strong, unique passwords; installing system and app updates as soon as they’re available; using a dedicated email address for “Forgot my password” emails; installing apps only from trusted sources; not keeping personal information on your phone for too long; and installing privacy screens on your devices.

Mobile phones have become the new prey of choice for hackers and other nefarious individuals.

Hackers can take control of your phone number and transfer it to a new phone – one that they control.

These are just two ways that hackers can wreak havoc through your phone.

Learn how to protect yourself and your phone from attackers.

Fahmida Rashid of Security Week on Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile service provider opting to ditch passwords in favor of forms of bio-metrics:

Starting Wednesday, NTT DoCoMo customers with smartphones capable of handling biometric authentication will be able to access several online services using iris recognition or fingerprint authentication, the company said. The company offers four smartphones with biometric authentication, including the Galaxy S6 Edge SC-04G, Galaxy S6 SC-05G, Arrows NX F-04G and Aquos Zeta SH-03G. The Arrows NX F-04G has an iris scanner which can authenticate the user.

NTT DoCoMo will support biometric authentication based on protocols developed by the FIDO Alliance, a consortium of technology companies and financial services firms trying to strengthen authentication by creating protocols and standards which don’t rely on passwords. The protocols rely on the combination of hardware, software, and services, and are designed to be interoperable across different networks and devices.

This effort is only aimed at Android-based phones sold only by Docomo. How long before KDDI and Softbank follow suit?