Apple Touch ID – The beginning of the end for the password?

The safety with Apple new fingerprint censor, Touch ID, should be very safe, But it have already succeed for a group of hackers to hack the secu- rity.

A smiling Phil Schiller at the September 10 event was pride to present the new iPhone 5S with a fingerprint censor, said that it was far more safe, than recent technologies.

That might be true, but anyway had a group of German hackers, called Chaos Computer Club success to cheat the fingerprint censor, with noth- ing else that ordinary household products.

How did they do it

They took a high resolution picture of a fingerprint set on a piece of glass, the they scanned the fingerprint and laser printed it a transparent material they have covered with wood glue. When the glue was dried up, they removed the printed copy, and used it on the iPhone fingerprint censor, in which it recognized the print, and unlocked the Phone.

A cording to the German group, Apple new censor just have a bigger resolution, other- wise the technology is not groundbreaking.

Considering that you leave your fingerprint all over – is this system actually better se- curity than a old fashion password?

The British security expert, Graham Cluely saids that fingerprints are not secret, the technology is okay to secure less important data.

But are the data on your iPhone less important? Remember that the fingerprint scan- ner also access your iTunes account for buying apps, books, movies, and music.

NYPD Recommendation

But have these hackers and security expert forgotten one essential layer of security? The New York police haven’t. They have no doubts about recommending to upgrade iPhone and iPads to iOS 7.

In the first weekend after the iOS 7 release, the New York police department gave out flyers on the metro stations in New York City.

A cording to is the upgrade a contributing factor, to ensure less stolen iPhone and iPads, because the new features of security, will almost do it impossible to steal, or at least use after stealing. Why? Because iOS7 is secured remotely. The iPhone can not be used with another AppleID before the existing AppleID is verified.
All this mean, if your iPhone gets stolen, then it not less secure than if your credit card gets stolen, due you can delete your phone remotely, and then you must remember that if the thief have your fingerprint, they still need some time before they can be able to access your phone, and in that time, you can delete your iPhone. And the third layer of security is if the fingerprint fails 3 time in a row, you’ll be asked to type your pass code.

The security changes has been glorified by the New York justice department as well as the San Francisco district attorney

The Touch ID is saved locally in the processor in the iPhone 5S.

What is Touch ID?

Touch ID is a biometric fingerprint censor, built-in to the home bottom of the iPhone 5S. Touch ID controls replaced the use of the 4-digit pass code and also your iTunes password, when you buy apps, music or movies. Touch ID can’t be used to access iCloud data or keychain yet. You need to verify your password, by typing it, in any other aspect of your Apple life.

How to set up Touch ID

To set up Touch ID, go into “Settings“, “General”, “Passcode & fingerprint”. Now you’ll requested to setup a passcode, which is necessary to use Touch ID.

When the passcode is created, you go into the fingerprint panel, where you can add up to 5 fingerprints. Adding the fingerprint is very user minded. Just place you finger over the censor, let the iPhone guide you.

My opinion

I don’t fear that the fingerprint isn’t safe enough for me. I think this feature is very cool, and makes it easy to get a more secure iPhone, especially if you don’t use a pass code today.
With the 3 layer protection as described in this article, I can’t find any arguments for not to use fingerprint security.

Touch ID is limited, but it’s only a question for development before the stage for finger- print use, will be increased. It works wonderful, but take a few hours of training to re- program your mind to use it.