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In case of emergency, place your finger on Touch ID

In case of emergency, place your finger on Touch ID

Touch ID, Apple's biometric fingerprint identity sensor, is a convenient way access your iPhone while still having the security of a 4-digit passcode or alphanumeric password behind it. But it doesn't have to be just for you. Touch ID also makes it easy to share access for trips or for everyday...
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...
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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Touch ID in iOS 8: Explained

Touch ID in iOS 8: Explained

Touch ID is the name of Apple's personal fingerprint identity sensor. It's what currently lets you authenticate yourself to unlock your iPhone 5s and authorize iTunes and App Store purchases on your account. With iOS 8, Apple is making an application programming interface (API) available to...
Touch ID on an Apple iPhone 5s

Touch ID trademark application rejected, cites likelihood of confusion

The United States Patent & Trademark Office this week published a letter on their rejection of Apple's attempt to trademark the "Touch ID" name given to their fingerprint-sensing home button authentication system. The rejection comes over a likelihood of confusion with a trademark granted to...
In case of emergency, place your finger on Touch ID

In case of emergency, place your finger on Touch ID

Touch ID, Apple's biometric fingerprint identity sensor, is a convenient way access your iPhone while still having the security of a 4-digit passcode or alphanumeric password behind it. But it doesn't have to be just for you. Touch ID also makes it easy to share access for trips or for everyday...
How to use Touch ID: The ultimate guide

How to use Touch ID: The ultimate guide

Touch ID is Apple's biometric fingerprint authentication technology. With it, the Home button can now unlock your iPhone 5s and authorize your purchases on the iTunes Store simply by reading and recognizing your fingerprints. In the perpetual battle between security and convenience, where many...
How to add fingerprints to Touch ID on your iPhone

How to add fingerprints to Touch ID on your iPhone

Touch ID lets you have the security of a 4-digit passcode or the strength of an alphanumeric password, and yet still conveniently access your iPhone using your fingerprint. There are up to 5-slots in Touch ID, and you can use them to register your own fingers, a combination of yours and your...
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Touch ID authentication coming to third-party apps

As part of its raft of new APIs for developers, Apple today introduced new APIs for its fingerprint-based Touch ID system at WWDC. And the big news is that third-party apps will finally be able to use Touch ID authentication in iOS 8. According to today's presentation, the system protects...
Touch ID for iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3

Touch ID for iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3

There's a story going around that Touch ID sensors are being manufactured in anticipation for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. So what does that mean? Given the history of supply-chain reporting it's hard to say. Flipping a coin is about as reliable. It's also hard to say that it...
Touch ID on iPhone 5s

Here's how Touch ID was made faster and more accurate in iOS 7.1.1

We now have a better idea about what has been causing Touch ID accuracy issues for some users, as well as what improvements were made to the system in last week's iOS 7.1.1 update. Many Touch ID errors appear to stem from bad setup scans, which prevented Touch ID from improving over time for...
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...

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