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How Secure Are Face ID and Touch ID?

By learninmypc · 10 replies
May 3, 2018
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  1. Apple claims Face ID and Touch ID are secure, and for the most part that’s true. It’s extremely unlikely a random person could unlock your phone. But that’s not the only type of attack to worry about it. Let’s dig a little deeper.

    Although they use different biometric authentication methods, Face ID and Touch ID are very similar under the hood. When you try to log in to your iPhone—either by looking at the camera on the front or putting your finger on the touch sensor—the phone compares the biometric data it detects with the data that’s saved in the Secure Enclave—a separate processor that’s entire purpose is to keep your phone secure. If the face or fingerprint matches, your iPhone unlocks. If not, you’re prompted to enter your passcode. While all this sounds good on paper, is it secure? FULL ARTICLE
     
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  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,345   +1,386

    Good post/article. love the caveat:
     
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  3. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 121   +9

    It's secure for you in the case your phone will be stolen or lost.
    But if you provide your fingertips and face recognition, then be sure you are not secured from Apple.
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,531   +555

    I wonder if your iphone would recognize you when you're dead??/
     
  5. prasadab

    prasadab TS Rookie

    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018
  6. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Posts: 65

    I was just thinking how can it recognize you on Saturday's hangover morning when your eyes are twice smaller and the face is 5x bigger than usual XD
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,345   +1,386

    Face-ID has been breached using a photo of the owner -- and FB & Twitter has tons of them, don't they!
     
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  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,345   +1,386

  9. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Guru Posts: 888   +158

    Nah I rather have touch ID, it would go by much more quickly and tell right away if you aren't the right person.
    I think facial recognition could turn into a real issue over the next few years.
    Especially with hacker morons running aloof everyday getting into things easily.
     
  10. Netfox

    Netfox TS Member Posts: 65

    I also think it may lead to many problems. As lots of countries have ID cards which are based on bio-metric portraits. If someone will steal the data with faces using this function it will be a disaster.
     
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,345   +1,386

    Both Face_ID & Touch_ID have the same problem: The user can not determine where click will take them to.

    A normal link will show the target URL in the status bar when the mouse hovers over the link; The *_ID technologies above can not do that.
     
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