Apple's iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner not complete security solution: Experts

Washington, Sept. 11 (ANI): Apple's latest iPhone 5S includes a biometric fingerprint scanner, which allows users to unlock the phone through the home button with just a touch. However, security experts do not consider it to be an absolutely secure way of unlocking the phone.

Security experts have called the 'Touch ID' sensor only a little more secure than the ordinary password.

Security firm Immunity Inc's CEO, Dave Aitel said that biometric data makes a really poor security feature and a fingerprint is not a secret.

According to Fox News, the touch sensor is built into the home button and uses a laser-cut sapphire crystal together with a capacitive touch sensor to take a high-resolution image of a fingerprint and can recognize it to unlock the phone.

Apple said that all fingerprint information is encrypted and stored securely inside the A7 chip on the iPhone 5S and is never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud.

However, Aitel said that passwords and unlock patterns can be altered periodically but not fingerprints.

Director of research at Security Compass, Ehsan Foroughi said that the fingerprint scanner is fun and cool but not a game changer.

Foroughi said that despite Apple verifying all apps that enter the Apple Store, which makes for better security than on Android, biometric data won't add much to that as the real issue isn't losing a gadget but people using bad passwords is the root of evil in security.

The report added that Apple hasn't announced offering users to change their passwords for a fingerprint scan, which experts believe could help in a better way. (ANI)


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