Are fingerprint smartphone sensors really helpful?
Since smartphones became intelligent enough to become devices that needed special measures of safety, there are various options that brands have provided to users. After the security PIN codes, sensor identification (biometric) became the ideal choice due to its ease and responsiveness. Biometric sensors have been trusted as the preferred option for most companies. Though, a new research reveals that a biometric sensor can be tricked multiple times with a great success rate.
This news is basis research by a threat intelligence company conducted on the fingerprint sensors of popular smartphone devices (Android, iOS) as well as other devices like encrypted USB drives and laptops. The outcomes were surprising. According to the research, the company’s hackers could get into a device with a tremendous average success rate of more than 80%. It was said that tests showed on average they achieved an 80% success rate while using the fake fingerprints, where the biometric sensors were bypassed at least once.
The research was performed by working with clones of fingerprints that used advanced technology to mimic the texture of skin and fingerprint of the device owner. The company further revealed that the results show fingerprints are valid enough to defend the average person’s privacy if they misplace their phone. The reality is biometric authentication methods are flawed. You shouldn’t depend on them if you care about device security. It is said that the PINs and passwords are much more reliable and helpful methods of authentication.
For any individual it’s simpler to force someone to unlock their device with their biometric sensor or face than it typically is to force them to reveal a PIN or password. Also, much more obvious to trick people into opening their device too. Sometimes all it needs is to place the smartphone in front of them while they’re sleeping.
However, the method to recreate biometric would take a lot of modern technology, the success rate of 80% on an average means that in coming times device manufacturers will have to implement more reliable ways to safeguard our technology.