Reasons to never rely on fingerprints over passwords

November 18, 2015

Via: BGR

Touch ID and other fingerprint scanning technologies are wonderfully convenient additions to our smartphones that enable easy mobile payments and quick device unlocking. However, Elliot Williams at HackADay has written a thought-provoking essay explaining why you should never rely on Touch ID in lieu of using a password on your device, no matter how convenient it is.

First, Williams acknowledges the obvious: Passwords are terrible and they’re not all that secure. But as much as we may hate passwords, he argues that relying on Touch ID for mobile security is a much worse option. There are many reasons for this and the most obvious one is that your fingerprints are not some unique secret that’s difficult to come by.

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