NFC [ Near Field Communication ] is a clever outgrowth from RFID. This group of short-range wireless communication standards will enable all kinds of conveniences previously un-attainable with our so-called mobile devices. Mostly phones, but practically any un-wired NFC-capable device, eventually, will be able to communicate witho other NFC-capable devices, giving the consumers a wide range of features for commerce, information exchange and ad-hoc authentication. Unfortunately, NFC continues in the trend where design for security came in as an after-thought, rather than a primary focus, going in. Perhaps it’s not fair to place the security burden on NFC, after all, it’s merely a low-level transport mechanism. What’s the worst that could happen?
In 1995, there were approximately 5 million mobile connections. A short 15 years later, that number is closer to 5 billion a number that’s rapidly approaching and will handily surpass the actual population of the planet. Look around, and look on your person, it’s likely you’ll find a smart phone, maybe a tablet or even an older MP3 player. This isn’t even counting such antiquated computing resource like a laptop, and it’s easy to see why the calculation is going to average over four such devices per person. To say there will be growth in mobile is a bit of an understatement, once you consider all the other “widgets” yet to come — from embedding into appliances to health-related devices, like glucose meters, heart monitors or even plain old thermometers. My point is, lots of mobile (platforms) invites for lots of mobile apps. Seems like daily, that I hear about someone becoming a mobile application developer.