Tag Archive: Fingerprints


How does Android save your fingerprints?

And how secure is it?

The release of an iPhone without a fingerprint sensor has brought along some talk about using fingerprints for authentication and how securely the data is stored. That’s awesome. Even if you’re not concerned about how it’s done, you need a lot of other people to be concerned so that it’s done in a way you don’t have to worry about!

For starters, Apple uses a similar solution and if you have an  [Read More…]

Your privacy, fingerprints and the Fifth Amendment

You can be forced to provide your fingerprint to access the data on your phone. But you don’t have to make it easy.

January 2017: With the current political climate, we feel now is a great time to remind everyone about their right to privacy and where it ends. This post was originally published in May 2016 but it’s just as important now, if not more so, than it was then.

Being able to unlock your  [Read More…]

Police look to unlock smartphone using 3D-printed fingerprints

A law enforcement agency has turned to a researcher at the University of Michigan for help in creating 3D replicas of a victim’s fingerprints in order to gain access his phone. The technique, demonstrated earlier this year by Anil Jain, could help law enforcement unlock a device equipped with a fingerprint scanner.

While many modern fingerprint sensors require not only a fingerprint, but the electrical conductivity of a living finger, this technique is designed to get  [Read More…]

Mobile Cloth Z5: Erase fingerprints with this 5-pack of microfiber cloths $11.99 [Deal of the Day]

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With such bigger and beautiful screens coming down the pipeline everyday, there’s that much more surface area to get mucked up with smudges and fingerprints. Nobody wants to walk around with a dirty screen but wiping with your t-shirt can often lead to just moving the oils and dirt around.

The Mobile Cloth Z5 is a pack of 5 microfiber cleaning cloths to eliminate the  [Read More…]