Just how dependent on our mobiles are we?

“Nomophobia” - in other words fear of having no mobile – is a term recently coined to describe this phenomenon. A study [1] in 2014 on users of Wireless Mobile Devices (WMDs) found that when wireless mobile devices were unexpectedly not available, those taking part felt “significantly more anxious“ over time. 

A survey by Time magazine found 84% of respondents couldn’t even face one day without their mobiles.

It was even proposed in 2012 in an article in America’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM), that phone withdrawal phobia should be formally recognised.

Perhaps all this isn’t that surprising, since phones have become literally essential to many of us. Much of the time they’re not just phones for making and receiving calls, they’re our email, our social media, our camera, and are full of other apps and data we use all the time. Mobile phones have become tremendous personal aids, allowing us to communicate with others and learn about the world. What was once termed the information superhighway is now fully available literally in the palms of our hands.

For many users, smartphones have also become an essential aid in the field of personal authentication. People can prove who they are just by having a smartphone in their possession.

But is this a good situation to be in? After all, if someone were to steal your phone, it would make it much easier for them to steal your identity - and become you!

One great advantage of Shayype is that even if your phone were to go missing, drop into a river, lose its battery, be without signal – you could still prove who you are. In our view, it’s far more secure than all mobile-based authentication systems.

But here’s another scenario to imagine: you’re travelling and everything on you (including your phone) is stolen and you have to contact a call centre at a bank or travel company to get help. Unless you can remember last transactions, pre- set security questions or answers to long-forgotten “big data” questions (where you lived 10 years ago, which refrigerator you bought five years ago) you’re sunk.

But with Shayype, if you can get hold of the necessary numbered grid (faxed to your hotel, sent to the manager’s phone, or even read aloud so you can write the information down), you’d be able to answer with a one-time passcode and in seconds get help. No other system does that.

Shayype is easier to use, more secure and requires no additional hardware.


[1]  Computers in Human Behavior: August 2014 : Out of sight is not out of mind: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563214002805?via%3Dihub