Apple’s Touch ID Ironically Leads to More Possibilities of Theft

Getting your iPhone stolen is such a concern to so many users that the thefts have picked up the catchphrase of “Apple picking.” The Cupertino company’s newest feature to stop thievery, Touch ID, is designed to work along with iOS 7 so that no one but the owner will be able to sign on to the phone, hopefully reducing a thieve’s desire to steal the device. Yet in the process, Apple has not only left the phone still vulnerable, but left users open to also losing their online identities.

A video in YouTube has shown that the Touch ID can be easily bypassed, even without the owner’s fingerprints. The video also show you how easy it is to hijack your Apple ID account and access to all your data. Yes, even the “Find My iPhone” and remote wipe feature is useless in this case.

Apple added the Touch ID sensor to the iPhone as an effort to make the phone more secure and harder to crack. This is designed to work along with fingerprint technology to not allow anyone other than someone with your fingerprint to sign on to your phone. The hope is that it would be even more safe than using a passcode. While thieves can run through possible combinations to find the right passcode, they won’t be able to figure out your fingerprint.


What Apple was somehow missing is that your fingerprint is all over the phone. An enterprising thief can lift the fingerprint and make a pseudo “finger” that uses the print and use this to sign onto your phone. It gets worse, though. Not only can they sign onto your phone, but they can also use your phone, once signed on, to steal your Apple ID, your one and only identifier with Apple that allows you to make purchases, access iCloud, etc. And once thieves have all that information, they can also get into your email and social networking accounts.

Just like having your social security number stolen, enabling thieves to take over your entire identity, having your iPhone stolen could now digitally do the same, steal your whole identity. Luckily, the video also gives users tips on how to prevent this type of theft, but the threat is already out there. It really doesn’t do much to make users feel any more at ease. There is still a feeling overall of vulnerability, and that isn’t likely to go away until Apple creates a new security feature to strengthen the system.

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Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

One comment

  1. Here’s the reality;

    I never locked my phone before.
    I bought a 5S.
    My phone is always locked now.

    My phone is always with me. If it wasn’t, and I didn’t know where it was, I’d use Find My iPhone and wipe it. If a thief turned on Airplane Mode to prevent that, he wouldn’t be able to use the phone in any meaningful way, until he turned it back on and I had the police track him down. I’ve never lost my phone or had it stolen so I’m really not concerned about this.

    To me, Touch ID is about convenience. I don’t even have to slide to unlock my phone anymore. Security was never a concern to me before and it isn’t now. I keep track of my phone, and thanks to Touch ID it’s more secure now than ever before.

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