How secure is the fingerprint scanner on your phone?

ByRajiv Makhni
Apr 29, 2017 10:11 PM IST

It surely makes your phone safe, but the question is, for how long

The fingerprint scanner on smartphones have changed the way we use our phones. A new study has even shown that the convenience of a fingerprint scanner has made more people lock their phones now than ever before. Keying in a password is cumbersome and inefficient while just rubbing your finger against a sensor is simple and works like magic. It also makes you feel that your device is now as secure as Fort Knox and you and only you can get access to it. Thus, people are adding things on their phones they would never even dream of having before. Important documents, dodgy picture and videos, ATM pins and passwords, credit card information – secure in the knowledge that their phone is protected by the highest form of technology the world can offer. But is the fingerprint scanner a false god? Is it the single most vulnerable area of your phone? Can it be easily hacked? The answer to all three questions is simple. Yes!

Your fingerprints, once stolen, can easily be misused by criminals and hackers
Your fingerprints, once stolen, can easily be misused by criminals and hackers
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