Study Suggests Your Phone's Fingerprint Scanner is Easily Fooled
- Brett Williams for Mashable April 12th, 2017
- Source: http://mashable.com/2017/04/11/smartphone-fingerprint-scanner-vulnerability/#MhfblDSqAiqx
What more do we have to do to keep our smartphones locked to prying eyes — and fingers?
Practicing basic phone security is already too much to ask for far too many people — and now, a study suggests that one of the most basic tools for safeguarding your device might not be as secure as you might think.
Researchers from New York University and Michigan State University exposed vulnerabilities with common fingerprint scanners, claiming they were able to create a set of "master prints" — fingerprints that have the ability to match multiple patterns — that bypassed the system up to 65 percent of the time.