Touch ID + iWatch = Security

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by slater-k, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. slater-k macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
    I was sad to see the hack of Touch ID as it probably brings down the curtain on using it as a form of mobile banking. But if it were allied with an iWatch, i could see it being able to be used with mobile banking / payments / high security issues.

    I could see it working by allowing Touch ID as a secure password only when in the presence of that person's authenticated iWatch. So you have two parts to the security now, and it would only work when both pieces are in place.

    Would that work?
  2. Bryanw3535 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2006
    I don't dislike the idea, but now I gotta buy another device just because some weirdos found a complicated loophole?
  3. slater-k thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
  4. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    You don't have to, it is just a simple, convenient two factor authentication method.

    For a majority of people Touch ID is going to be more secure than a passcode that you type into your phone 100 times a day (Unless you cover your phone in a corner every single time.) It would take hours to create the fake fingerprint hack from CCC, because you have to let it set. You also need a clean fingerprint from glass, which isn't going to come off of the phone (They are all smeared/partials at best.) If someone is determined enough they will get into your phone, passcode or touch ID.
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. If I had a 5S, I wouldn't be worried about this.
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Hardly a hack when what's required is impossible to get unless the person consents to the initial photo and let's face it if there that stupid then you'd be quicker asking them to place there finger on the bloody sensor
  7. Curun macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2013
    If a thief can get close enough to copy your fingerprint. They can steal your iWatch.

    If you already used a PIN, even a 4digit PIN, TouchID is not an improvement to security. The opposite. Any time you add additional doors, you are sacrificing security for convenience.

    1. PIN
    2. Touch.

    Halved the security by doubling the number of doorways and places to stick the lock picks.

    It would only increase security if it required both. But there are reliability hurdles there.

    Apple knows this. Why do you think they restrict just PIN after first bootup and after 24 hours?

    TouchID only increases security by luring those who don't currently use a PIN, to use this due to convenience.

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