Are you getting your hands, and thumbs, on the new iPhone5S?
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:55:00 GMT —
Last week, Apple unveiled two new iPhones. One is the iPhone 5C- a cheaper version of the iPhone 5. The other is the iPhone 5S- which has features like iOS7 and a fingerprint feature called Touch ID.
The Touch ID sensor quickly reads your fingerprint and automatically unlocks your phone. It can also be used to make purchases through the Apple Store.
But in an age where our personal information isn't always our own, some people wonder how safe the phone is from hackers.
"It's cool, but then what if you're asleep and trying to hide something. Someone can use my finger and just unlock my phone," Jamal Blake, a student at Coastal Carolina University said.
Satish Kumar, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at CCU, has been studying information security for more than a decade. He said fingerprint technology has come a long way over the years, but it's not foolproof.
"Everything's basically open now, and it's really easy for the attacker to get the personal data and cause damages to cyber infrastructure and human users as well," Kumar said.
Apple says the fingerprint data is not gong to be stored in the iCloud, so you won't have to worry about it being a target of enemy state hackers.
However, Kumar says if someone does get into your phone, a fingerprint can unlock even more information than a social security number.
"It's easy to steal the information. When you steal a phone, along with that, you are stealing the fingerprint. And by that, you have access to information about that person for decades," Kumar said.
For those getting the phone, Kumar suggests using the other security features, like putting a password on the phone, in addition to Touch ID.
The iPhone 5S is available for ordering on September 20.