An iPhone fingerprint may sound sweet at first, but hacking fears has many future iPhone 5S users understandably wary over whether hackers might be able to harness the biometrics technology and use it to break into their cell phones, Wired.com reports this Monday, Sept. 9. The latest news this week surrounding Apple confirms that some form of fingerprinting will be used to access the new iPhone when it is revealed tomorrow, but security issues are likely many consumers’ highest concern.
The iPhone fingerprint is likely a very smart move for Apple; the installation of biometric technology to the iPhone 5S and other devices would seem to strike a solid balance between ease and security, as well as a “high-tech” model to appeal to people of all ages. Yet while biometric apparatuses may seem very appealing, reading one’s fingerprint is no easy process, even for an advanced sensor.
Biometrics systems contain highly advanced and complex security mechanics. As the press release notes, fingerprints are not keys. The iPhone fingerprint, notes the report, could potentially be hacked, as one’s fingerprint is not hidden: it is left behind every time we touch something.
Depending on the type of reader involved with the iPhone, hacking could be simple or highly difficult.
“The simplest systems simply check the ridges of a finger; those can be fooled with a good photocopy. Other, more complex programs, check for pores as well. The best checkers verify pulse, or even approximate finger temperature.”
As the report notes, it’s likely that Apple iPhone 5S users (along with all of its new features) have little to fear from possible hackers, as the most advanced reading biometrics system will be used for the portable devices. Much will likely be explained at tomorrow’s meeting.
Perhaps the key question to remember regarding the iPhone fingerprint before phone users become wary:
“Is this the finger belonging to the owner of this iPhone?” is a simpler question for the fingerprinting system to answer than “Whose finger is this?”