Discuss: Fingerprint Scanning Technology

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September 13, 2013 at 05:42:00
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that the upcoming iPhone 5S will use fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone. Discuss here if you think people will trust Apple to have this personal data, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
September 13, 2013 at 05:55:54
I'll just leave this MythBusters clip on fingerprint scanners here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hji...

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#2
September 13, 2013 at 07:14:29
As I understand it Apple don't have the data, it is stored on the phone. Mind, if you don't trust Apple this may amount to the same thing and may even be false. My biggest concerns are that the authentication is easily forged - and it's even easier for someone (criminal or Government agency) to force authentication. This may, or may not, involve you retaining future use of your digits. And should the data be compromised then you're shafted - you can't alter your fingerprints like you can alter a password or other token.

It's a pointless gimmick. Also, I foresee a number of people being locked out of their phones. Prepare for a host of questions here along the lines of "I have forgotten my fingerprint ...".


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#3
September 13, 2013 at 17:23:36
"I have forgotten my fingerprint ...".

...absolute classic, I love it!


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#4
September 15, 2013 at 05:57:48
A year or two back I was given a USB memory stick that's keyed to my thumbprint. It's also password protected for when the thumbprint fails to work.

In my experience with said USB stick, the thumbprint works a couple times, then craps out and you're forced to use the password anyhow. So the last time it failed to take the thumbprint, I just stopped trying and used the password only until I got a couple bigger sticks (it was only 2 GB) and now it sits in a drawer collecting dust.

If the iPhone doesn't work any better than that there are going to be a lot of aggravated people out there........LOL

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#5
September 15, 2013 at 08:18:01
I can only imagine all the people who have as dirty of a screen as I do (two kids), and can't get into their phones because of that.

::mike


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#6
September 16, 2013 at 16:55:00
Another example of 'just becaue it's possible doesn't mean we should do it'. The fingerprints from the hands of a working man don't consistently scan correctly.

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#7
September 17, 2013 at 15:33:16
Big no for me as you cant reset your fingerprint if something goes wrong

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#8
September 17, 2013 at 21:34:30
fingerprint cannot be changed but unexpected things could happen anytime. if there is a secondary fingerprint choice would be ok. As for fingerprint technology, i actually do not advocate it very much, because if the data stolen, this could be very serious.

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#9
September 18, 2013 at 08:12:36
Personally I am waiting for retina scan capability before I buy in...:D. I agree with DAVEINCAPS, as I work in the automotive world.

::mike


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#10
October 26, 2013 at 16:24:51
Reminds me of the scene in MIB when J's identity is being erased....

"Hey, K, why can I not get into my phone? Oh, right, you erased my fingerprints!!!)

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#11
October 26, 2013 at 16:50:33
Oh that's good OLDISGOOD,

::mike


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