iPhone 5S Fingerprint Spoofing [Poor Security Feature]

Apple’s new iPhone 5S came out with a fingerprint sensor that can be used for unlocking the handset without entering your passcode. How secure is this option? Why do sensors fail their advertising claim of protection? Is it possible to avoid iPhone 5S fingerprint spoofing?

From one hand, it is faster and easier to access your gadget via a fingerprint sensor. This sounds like fun and entertainment. From another hand, such protection is not perfect. Users can steal your fingerprint as you leave a lot of them on your smartphone and anywhere you go. Some people are good at creating spoofs or, in other words, fake fingers. You can see it on the video below:

How to Not Spoof iPhone 5S Fingerprints

How is it possible to spoof your fingerprint? It’s complicated but possible. Some people can make spoofs using latent print pictures.

No matter how hard Apple tried to include a good touch sensor in its handsets, the iPhone 5S cannot be protected from fingerprint sensor hacking. Its high resolution images can be spoofed and used against the gadget’s owner.

If the company starts to use intrinsic error or other fingerprint options that are not available in latent print it would become much more difficult to steal the fingerprint. In other words, Apple will be able to prevent spoof creations.

Fingerprint Sensor Resolutions

For instance, take a look at these images. When someone is making a spoof he or she often uses glue which gives air bubbles to the image. Fingerprint sensor also provides more details that are not available in latent prints.

Spoof vs Fingerprint

Future Fingerprint Sensors

Maybe the next iPhone model with a fingerprint sensor will get a smarter technology capable of making comparison of the dots density or other features. This way the sensor will be able to figure out where the fingerprint is real and where the spoof is.