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Given the privacy concerns swirling around much of our digital activity these days, the idea of handing over one's fingerprints to Apple via its new iPhone 5S has some people nervous.
The phone, which goes on sale September 20, will feature a fingerprint sensor in its Home button for added security. Users must "register" their print with the device, after which they can unlock the phone by placing a finger or thumb on the button. The idea is that fingerprints, being unique to each person, augment users' passcodes to offer an additional safeguard against hackers or thieves.
But can we trust Apple or its partners with our fingerprints? And couldn't hackers, those resourceful and relentless probers of digital firewalls, find new ways to trick the phone's sensor?
The answers, experts say, appear to be: 1) Probably, at least for now, and 2) Yes, although that's unlikely.



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What if I don't want to use the fingerprint sensor but the trusty old password mechanism?
    
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Short answer - Very.

As far as I am aware, as the fingerprint scanner analyses the sub-epidermis, if there is no blood flow or such underneath the fake print, it will not work. Anyone with knowledge of these sensors know anything further about that?

Also, the fingerprint isn't stored as a picture, only the raw data about it, so you'd have to also break that encryption if you did manage toget the data in the first place.
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What if I don't want to use the fingerprint sensor but the trusty old password mechanism?

That option still exists. You can also have it alongside the finger print scanner.
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There are easier ways of getting someones fingerprint. rolleyes.gif
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There are easier ways of getting someones fingerprint. rolleyes.gif

This. Its amazing what you touch but never consciously think about. Ask the police about that wink.gif
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I put an otterbox defender on all of my iPhones, so I wouldn't be able to use this feature even if I wanted to.
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The only thing disappointing to me about the finger print scanner is that other apps won't yet have access to it. Would be ideal in Safari and other apps like Amazon.
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The only thing disappointing to me about the finger print scanner is that other apps won't yet have access to it. Would be ideal in Safari and other apps like Amazon.

I'd love it for banking apps.
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Being a "Legal Alien" in the US, I had all my fingerprints taken multiple times by the authorities...

But I wasn't new to that...in my homecountry - Greece - all citizens get printed the day they get their National Photo ID (14~16yo for most).

In the same country, voting is also impossible without displaying a Photo ID - another major "concern" I hear over and over in talk shows / news here in the US, and the "worried" responces from citizens and politicians opposing it, are sounding irrational to me.

IMHO, someone who has my fingerprint through hacking/stealing my iphone is almost "harmless" , by comparison to having access to all my movement / commute / location patterns, my personal messages, my bank accounts and w/e else can be accessed through my phone...

Ofc half of those things we authorize all apps we install to "know" about us so...
The buying patterns are monitored by our credit card issuer, amazon, google, facebook, the grocery store you are member of etc

WHO WOULD WORRY ABOUT SOMEONE HAVING JUST MY FINGERPRINTS? rolleyes.gif

Overeacting, people are overeacting in their ignorance.
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