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iOS 7 Activation Lock bypass discovered, protect yourself with Touch ID or Passcode

iOS 7 Activation Lock bypass discovered, protect yourself with Touch ID or Passcode

A bug has been found in iOS 7 that allows a an attacker with physical control over a lost or stolen iPhone to get around Activation Lock and gain access to the device. Unfortunately, the method for circumventing Activation Lock has been made public. However, the bypass process requires the...
How to remove fingerprints from Touch ID

How to remove fingerprints from Touch ID

Touch ID lets you quickly and easily unlock your iPhone 5s and make iTunes purchases simply by placing your finger on the Home button. It's even a great way to temporarily give someone access to your iPhone without having to give them your passcode. Whether it's a co-worker on a trip, a family...
How to name the fingerprints you have stored within Touch ID

How to properly label your Touch ID fingerprints

Touch ID makes it easy to register your fingerprints so you can unlock your iPhone 5s or make iTunes purchases without a passcode or password. Once you've registered a few, however, the default labels Touch ID assigns them are pretty much useless when it comes to figuring out which is which. That...

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iPhone and iPad as amazing instances of applied cryptography

iPhone and iPad as amazing instances of applied cryptography

Following the publication of Apple's absolutely stellar iOS Security white paper in February, Steve Gibson of the TWiT network's Security Now! show spent three episodes going through it, providing extra explanation and context. Gibson was incredibly impressed by the iOS Security white paper, and...
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint swiper can also be faked out, but here's the difference with Touch ID...

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint swiper can also be faked out, but here's the difference with Touch ID...

As expected, the fingerprint swiper in the new Samsung Galaxy S5 is just as susceptible to spoofing by a fake fingerprint, just like Apple's Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, and pretty much every similar fingerprint sensor on the market. But it also looks like there are few things Apple did right that...
Why Samsung's fingerprint sensor needs to face the same scrutiny as Apple's Touch ID

Why Samsung's fingerprint sensor needs to face the same scrutiny as Apple's Touch ID

Last week the new Galaxy S5 was introduced and, along with it, Samsung's take on the fingerprint identity sensor. Apple, of course, introduced the Touch ID fingerprint identity scanner alongside the iPhone 5s back in September of 2013. From launch, Touch ID received considerable scrutiny over not...
iOS 7 Activation Lock bypass discovered, protect yourself with Touch ID or Passcode

iOS 7 Activation Lock bypass discovered, protect yourself with Touch ID or Passcode

A bug has been found in iOS 7 that allows a an attacker with physical control over a lost or stolen iPhone to get around Activation Lock and gain access to the device. Unfortunately, the method for circumventing Activation Lock has been made public. However, the bypass process requires the...
Touch ID not working for you? Here's a fix!

Touch ID not working for you? Here's a fix!

Since Touch ID debuted there have been numerous reports of it not working so well for some people. From high failure rates to fingerprints becoming less sensitive over time, there's no denying some people experience problems. Steve Gibson over on TWiT's Security Now podcast recently talked about...
Apple security document confirms that Touch ID is indeed tied to hardware

This is how Touch ID and the Apple A7 processor keep your iPhone secure

As soon as the iPhone 5s was released last fall we ripped it apart and took a closer look, specifically at Touch ID. We had a hunch that Touch ID was paired to individual hardware even back then. An updated iOS security document issued by Apple looks to confirm our suspicions: While the iOS...
Touch ID not working well for you? Here's how to fix it!

Touch ID not working well for you? Here's how to fix it!

How is Touch ID working for you? Touch ID is Apple's fingerprint identity sensor, currently only available on the iPhone 5s. It allows you to unlock your device and make purchases from the iTunes and App Stores by touching and briefly holding your finger against the Home button. When it works,...
How to name the fingerprints you have stored within Touch ID

How to properly label your Touch ID fingerprints

Touch ID makes it easy to register your fingerprints so you can unlock your iPhone 5s or make iTunes purchases without a passcode or password. Once you've registered a few, however, the default labels Touch ID assigns them are pretty much useless when it comes to figuring out which is which. That...

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iPhone and iPad as amazing instances of applied cryptography

Following the publication of Apple's absolutely stellar iOS Security white paper in February, Steve Gibson of the TWiT network's Security Now! show spent three episodes going through it, providing extra explanation and context. Gibson was incredibly impressed by the iOS Security white paper, and by Apple's security implementation in general, calling it "amazing" many times over, especially the Apple A7 and its secure enclave. he also widely praised Apple's choices for the crypto they implemented, and especially how user- and privacy-focused their choices were.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint swiper can also be faked out, but here's the difference with Touch ID...

As expected, the fingerprint swiper in the new Samsung Galaxy S5 is just as susceptible to spoofing by a fake fingerprint, just like Apple's Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, and pretty much every similar fingerprint sensor on the market. But it also looks like there are few things Apple did right that Samsung might want to look into incorporating in the future.

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How to turn off Touch ID and revert to a passcode or password

If you don't want to use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone 5s you can always go back to using a numeric or alphanumeric passcode whenever you'd like. Perhaps Touch ID just doesn't work that well for you, or you don't trust it, whatever the reason, here's how to go back to using a regular passcode again:

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How to disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases

Touch ID is a super convenient way to unlock your iPhone 5s while keeping it secure at the same time. You can also use it to make App Store and iTunes purchases by default. However, if you've registered other family member's prints and you don't want them to be able to buy things on your account, or if you're just not comfortable with Touch ID purchases, you turn off iTunes purchases and not have to worry about it.

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iOS 7 Activation Lock bypass discovered, protect yourself with Touch ID or Passcode

A bug has been found in iOS 7 that allows a an attacker with physical control over a lost or stolen iPhone to get around Activation Lock and gain access to the device. Unfortunately, the method for circumventing Activation Lock has been made public. However, the bypass process requires the attacker have access to an unlocked device, and be able to access the device after a reboot, so it can be thwarted by simply having a Passcode enabled (either by itself or as part of Touch ID).

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How to remove fingerprints from Touch ID

Touch ID can sometimes be a mixed bag and if you find some prints just not working, it may be best to delete them and start over — assuming you've already tried retraining Touch ID with no success. To wipe the slate clean and start over, you just need to remove all your prints. Here's how:

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How to properly label your Touch ID fingerprints

If you use Touch ID on your iPhone 5s you may have more than one fingerprint registered. If you're ever having problems with a particular fingerprint, how do you know which one you need to retrain? The easiest way to find out is to name them for future reference. Here's how:

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Touch ID not working after updating to iOS 7.1? Here's how to fix it!

Touch ID is one of the things Apple says they've improved and made more reliable with iOS 7.1. As with any complex piece of software, however, what makes things better for many people can sometimes break it for a few. That seems to be the case with Touch ID and iOS 7.1. A few of our readers have reported that instead of making Touch ID better on the iPhone 5s, iOS 7.1 broke it completely. If you're having problems with Touch ID after updating to iOS 7.1 here are few things you can try to fix it.

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Why Samsung's fingerprint sensor needs to face the same scrutiny as Apple's Touch ID

Last week the new Samsung Galaxy S5 was introduced and along with it, Samsung's take on the fingerprint identity sensor. Apple, of course, introduced Touch ID fingerprint identity scanner alongside the iPhone 5s back in September of 2013. From launch Touch ID received considerable scrutiny over its implementation and its implications from the media, from security groups, and from the government. So, roughly 3 nano-seconds after the Galaxy S5 was swiped on stage, Apple enthusiasts began wondering out loud about just when exactly that same scrutiny would hit Samsung. Some felt it won't and that that's unfair. Others felt it won't and that that's perfectly reasonable. My take is that it has to, and not just for the sake of Apple/Samsung fairness, but for consumer confidence and the future.

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This is how Touch ID and the Apple A7 processor keep your iPhone secure

As soon as the iPhone 5s was released last fall we ripped it apart and took a closer look, specifically at Touch ID. We had a hunch that Touch ID was paired to individual hardware even back then. An updated iOS security document issued by Apple looks to confirm our suspicions:

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Touch ID not working for you? Here's a fix!

Since Touch ID debuted there have been numerous reports of it not working so well for some people. From high failure rates to fingerprints becoming less sensitive over time, there's no denying some people experience problems. Steve Gibson over on TWiT's Security Now podcast recently talked about how to overtrain Touch ID to get better accurate rates. Here's how to try it:

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Tim Cook: Apple made Touch ID, people love to shop on iOS, you do the mobile transaction math

During today's quarterly financial conference call, Apple's Tim Cook fielded a question about using facilitate purchases. The answer was as open-ended as the question, which is to say that Apple sees their Touch ID solution as simple and elegant, proven by engagement by iPhone 5s users in the App Store, and they see opportunity in the mobile payment space, and not necessarily tethered to Touch ID.

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Touch ID not working well for you? Here's how to fix it!

How is Touch ID working for you?

Touch ID is Apple's fingerprint identity sensor, currently only available on the iPhone 5s. It allows you to unlock your device and make purchases from the iTunes and App Stores by touching and briefly holding your finger against the Home button. When it works, it's magical, and you want it everywhere - your iPad, your car, your house. When it doesn't, you want to throw your iPhone across the room. What can make Touch ID failures even more frustrating is figuring out why they're failing. From the outside it seems like the stereotypical black box. A fingerprint goes in and then it either works or doesn't, and if it doesn't, there's no way for us to see what went wrong, why, or how to fix it. Maddening. There are, however, some things you can do to make it work better and more often...

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Touch ID takes hardware security to new levels - Here's how, why, and what it means!

We already know that the iPhone 5s' Touch ID secures your digital fingerprint by storing it on the Secure Enclave portion of the A7 that's only accessible to the sensor itself. But what if that wasn't the only safeguard Apple took in order to protect your prints? We've taken a closer look at Touch ID and through some collaboration with repair company mendmyi, we've found that Apple actually did take extra precautions, but on a hardware level that we've never seen implemented before. Here are the details!

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Imagining iPad 5 and iPad mini 2: Touch ID, Apple A7, and M7

While a lighter design for the iPad 5 and Retina for the iPad mini 2 are dominating conversation, there are some other new features that could make an appearance in Apple's next-generation tablets, including Touch ID, the fingerprint identify sensor. Of course, Touch ID requires the new Apple A7 chipset and its secure enclave to work, but that's a likely addition anyway, at least to the full-sized iPad. And with the A7 also comes the possibility of the Apple M7 motion-coprocessor. Would that make sense for a tablet? Would any of it? Let's take a look!

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Curious where Touch ID came from? Early prototype demoed, history unlocked!

Much like OS X began at NeXT and multitouch began with Fingerworks, Touch ID began with a company Apple bought, namely AuthenTec. They did fingerprint identification sensors smarter and better than anyone had done them before, and that got Apple's attention. But what exactly had Apple seen? Well, AuthenTec cofounder F. Scott Moody has just shown off an early prototype. Speaking at North Carolina State University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Tuesday night, he explained exactly how the technology behind Touch ID reads fingerprints, and talked for a bit about how it came about. At one point, Moody showed the audience an early prototype of Touch ID, called FingerLoc. Via AppleInsider:

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Terrible reporting about iPhone security leads to people being less secure. Great job, media!

Yesterday I received an email from a reader who, despite wanting an iPhone 5s, decided she wasn't going to get it after seeing an article about Touch ID being "hacked" and deciding it wasn't safe. I heard from another reader who saw a similar article and so decided to turn of Touch ID. Not replace it with a strong password, mind you, but simply turn it off and go back to nothing. They were by no means the only people who've been confused, misinformed, and ultimately hurt by the incredible nonsense that's passing for technology reporting when it comes to iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s. It's some of the dumbest I've ever seen, and it's in an area that's so important it demands the least amount of dumb journalistically possible. Here's the truth about iOS 7, the iPhone 5s, and Touch ID:

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Touch ID for the iTunes Store is great, when it's not asking for your password

Prior to the launch of the iPhone 5s, I went on record on the iMore Show with my one desire for the then much rumored fingerprint sensor. If it arrived and didn't allow me to buy apps and content from iTunes by touching my finger to it, then I wasn't that interested. Delight then, that Apple took the stage, announced Touch ID, and that we could use it to buy things. Delight, quickly followed by epic frustration.

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Fooling Touch ID is anything but trivial, says security boffin

German hacker collective the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) grabbed headlines after showing a method to fool the iPhone 5s's Touch ID fingerprint scanner, but it's nothing that ordinary people need to worry about too much, according to a security expert, says MacRumors.

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Mullti-finger workaround allows Touch ID to accept more than five fingerprints on iPhone 5s

Call it a bug, a loophole, or an un-mentioned feature, but Touch ID on the new iPhone 5s will accept more than five fingerprints. How, you ask, when there are only five slots? The video above demonstrates the method, and we've verified that it does indeed work. Scanning five fingers instead of one will register all those fingerprints into just one slot.

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