Hackers and the iPhone fingerprint technology have been somewhat of a concern since Apple announced that their new iPhone 5s would include the new privacy feature. On Sept. 23, ABC News reported that hackers in Germany claim that they've figured out how to get past the Apple fingerprint to hack into people's phones. Perhaps more concerning for some Apple iPhone users was the comment that the CCC (Chaos Computer Club) made about the process not being that difficult.
"The CCC published everything that you would need to fool a fingerprint sensor 10 years ago. Really, the hardest part was to get our hands on an iPhone 5S because it was sold out," a spokesperson said.
Hackers know the iPhone fingerprint addition to the 5s is just one reason that people are picking up the new device. Why? Well with so many people storing bank information, credit cards, and other app passwords (like Starbucks, Pinkberry, Red Box), the fingerprint privacy feature helps to really protect the user. With hackers getting into phones so easily, the fingerprint feature doesn't seem so special any more, does it?
Obviously this isn't going to deter people from buying an iPhone 5s, but maybe it will remind people that storing important information on your cell phone still isn't totally safe. While the chances of your phone getting stolen and hacked might be slim, it's still something to think about. "If you're a professional iPhone thief or even the government or police, once you have the equipment, you can do it," said Robert Graham, a creator of "istouchidhacketyet.com.
Since hackers figured out the iPhone fingerprint, does that change your opinion of the phone itself? Does it deter you in any way?
© Effie Orfanides 2013