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Lol, another typical anti-Apple article published on Forbes. Of course fingerprint isn't 100% hacker-proof, but do you think a 4-digit password is better? Simple math tells you there are only 1000 combinations to guess if you really want to unlocked someone's password protected iPhone.
Look how much trouble those hackers went through to break the fingerprint security mechanism - " First, the fingerprint of the enrolled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution ... breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone."
Does the author think this would happen in a typical user scenario? If you have some extremely sensitive, national-security-like information, you really shouldn't put it on your phone anyways. Otherwise, if you only store some contacts, emails, and photos on your phone, the Touch-ID is more than sufficient to protect your information. If there's a hacker going to steal it, he's going to steal it anyways, be it fingerprint or password protecting it. Any person with a normal IQ knows fingerprint makes the stealing much more difficult.
This article is sensational journalism at its worst. The author even quoted, "This demonstrates – again – that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as [an] access control method and should be avoided.” So freaking laughable! Well, you use whatever security method to protect your privacy. I'll enjoy the convenience of the Touch-ID.
" Simple math tells you there are only 1000 combinations to guess if you really want to unlocked someone's password protected iPhone. "
Not sure what math class you took but my simple math tells me that 4 digits is 10,000 different combinations if just using numbers(10^4) and off the scale if using a full alphabet(36^4)
Sure lemme see you guess that.
And.... Who cares!! I lock my front door but you can kick it in - If my wallet gets taken you can charge on my credit card right away. if you steal my phone you wont be able to access my data without sophisticated equipment to duplicate my print assuming you can even get my print - not likely to be an issue
I read that article too, and based on his contentious replies to those who took exception to his article I've reached the conclusion that he has an agenda, and that agenda is lending his voice to everyone and everything anti-Apple. And when news is favorable to Apple he is nowhere to be found.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
I would have bet my life something was ging to come out to spoil the great sales that will be announced in the morning. I have 1100 long shares from the 120's but this last year I have had my calls expire worthless again and again on one smear after another. You think I'd learn.
What is harder?
Stealing a fingerprint, making a sufficient "fake finger"
Or - stealing a 4-5 digit passcode
You guessed it! The fingerprint. TouchID is an ABSOLUTE 100% security upgrade. F all the idiots who try to confuse you and make you fearful.
But let’s put this hack into perspective. Getting this to work isn’t quite as easy as the CCC hackers make you think it is in their press release or this video:
First you need some kind of colored powder or superglue to lift the fingerprint. Then you have to scan the fingerprint, invert it and print it with a resolution of 1200dpi or more onto a transparent sheet. After that, you build your fake finger by smearing pink latex milk or white wood glue into the pattern that the toner created onto the transparent sheet and wait for it to set. Finally, the CCC writes, “the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone.” This method should work for virtually every fingerprint scanner on the market today.
If somebody is willing to go through all of this to break into your phone, chances are you have bigger issues than fingerprint security. Also, given that most iPhone users probably don’t even use a PIN code to secure their devices today, Touch ID still marks a massive step forward in smartphone security — even given the remote chance that somebody would lift your fingerprint and go through the trouble of bypassing it.