The biggest buzz generated from last week’s iPhone 5S announcement may have been around the fingerprint security verification. The buzz from the average consumer was that of positivity. Many people found the fingerprint security to be a selling point. That fingerprint identification is really cool, convenient, and basically so 2040. The tech writers, on the other hand, wrote about how they weren’t surprised about the fingerprint verification, and that like everything else Apple has done lately they they were less than impressed. The average security or general internet nerds were immediately concerned about their privacy. Would the NSA be able to capture every iPhone user’s fingerprints; essentially creating a fingerprint data base of every law-abiding citizen. Not only that, but if they have your fingerprint they can easily allow themselves to hack into your iPhone.
Then there were those select few…the Criminal Minds enthusiasts and the like, who were worried that a thief now will not just steal your iPhone but your finger as well! If they cannot unlock your phone without your finger, they will have to take your finger too! I guess it makes sense.
Anyway, the good people over at Mashable wrote an article explaining why our fingers are safe..Adario Strange writes;
“What we now know is that the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor uses radio frequency scanning to detect the sub-epidermal layers of your skin, a dynamic that requires the owner of the finger to be alive and attached to the finger being used.”
“The [RF capacitive sensor] technology is built in a way that the [fingerprint] image has to be taken from a live finger,” says Sebastien Taveau, chief technology officer at Validity Sensors, a California based provider of fingerprint sensor solutions. “No one in biometrics wants to talk about cut fingers and dead bodies, but at the end of the day we are still asked to remove the fears of consumer and make sure that they understand that [a severed finger] will not work.”
I know this may not settle everyone’s fears as you can never really know the whole truth, Strange may very well be working for the government…