Trevor Dixon

iPhone's New Fingerprint Scanner Circumvented in One Day

The day after the release of the iPhone 5s, a team of German hackers had circumvented the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner causing many to dismiss TouchID as insecure and useless. I’m more forgiving. In Hollywood, fingerprint scanners represent military-grade security, but to hold them to such standards in real life is unfair. TouchID is a consumer product that does well to balance security and usability; it isn’t the panacea for all security issues, but given that two-thirds of mobile phone users currently employ no access restriction tools, easy-to-use smartphone security mechanisms like TouchID will improve security generally.