That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
- Vindu Goel for The New York Times April 10th, 2017
- Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/technology/fingerprint-security-smartphones-apple-google-samsung.html?_r=0
Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience. A touch of a finger unlocks the phone — no password required. With services like Apple Pay or Android Pay, a fingerprint can buy a bag of groceries, a new laptop or even a $1 million vintage Aston Martin. And pressing a finger inside a banking app allows a user to pay bills or transfer thousands of dollars.
While such wizardry is convenient, it has also left a gaping security hole.