With the introduction of the iPhone 5s came a new security measure never before seen on smartphones. Apple introduced a special fingerprint sensor that replaces the passcode as a “more secure” way of accessing your device. As we have seen in the past, nothing is perfect, and the new fingerprint scanner is no exception. Before yesterday, no one was able to bypass the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s to fully unlock a device without the actual fingerprint used to protect it. The “biometrics hacking team” of the Chaos Computer Club found a way to get around the security measure by making a model of someone’s fingerprint using a high resolution camera, a computer, and latex. This article explains that the process involves much more than the average thief would most likely want to do to access a stolen iPhone, but nonetheless, iPhone 5s users will have to be more careful with their devices than they previously thought. This goes to show that even the latest mobile security technology still has its flaws and users must remain cautious when it comes to sensitive data on their phones and people attempting to steal it.
Intel plans to remove the need for typing in passwords for banking, social networks, e-mail and more. Intel plans to create new biometrics software that will work for mobile devices. This biometric software will work by recognizing patterns of veins on a users palm. The software will log into desired websites/bank accounts only if your palm is read correctly insuring the correct user. The software will also automatically log you out of your websites/bank accounts if you put your phone down and the software no-longer senses your palm pattern. This type of technology being implemented could evolve the way in which we currently use our mobile devices.