Is Fingerprint Scanning on Mobile phones safe?


Over a year ago I wrote a piece for Forbes that warned of serious security concerns created by the Apple AAPL -0.21%iPhone’s TouchID fingerprint authentication; I speculated then that hackers could gain unauthorized access to users’ data by using lifted fingerprints. Days later, hackers successfully did just that. This week, Qualcomm announced a new smartphone fingerprint authentication technology that might offer dramatic improvements over TouchID. The new offering leverages sound waves to create and analyze a detailed three-dimensional replica of a user’s fingerprint, something that cannot be impersonated simply by lifting prints off the side of a phone, as can commonly-used two-dimensional prints. Read more…

Resource and Author: and Joseph Steinberg