2015: anno fingerprint sensorem cessaverunt a gimmick

2015: the year the fingerprint sensor stopped being a gimmick

Smartphone security no longer has to be a chore thanks to effective biometrics that do their jobs and get out of your way without compromising your data


Powered by Guardian.co.ukHic titulus “2015: anno fingerprint sensorem cessaverunt a gimmick” erat scriptum a Samuel Gibbs, for theguardian.com on Sunday 27th December 2015 07.00 UTC

Remember when your phone first had a camera? I was nice, sure, but it took rubbish photos and you rarely used it. Then it got a capacitive touchscreen, which was better than using stylus, even if you couldn’t type as well as using a keyboard. Quickly both improved and became essentials.

Then came the fingerprint sensor, and you thought: realiter? Quid? Putting in a pin isn’t that painful, do I really need this? Yet now you don’t even think about the fingerprint sensor, or all those seconds you’ve saved, because you use it all the time. 2015 et factum est in anno aetatis fingerprint scanners.

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Apple’s Touch ID, a touch-based fingerprint sensor embedded under the 2013 iPhone 5S’s home button, was the first to be introduced with technology good enough to reliably identify an owner. It was was faster than entering a pin and you didn’t need to swipe, just place a finger on the home button for a second or so.

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The iPhone 5S brought fingerprint sensors up to scratch on smartphones, turning them from a gimmick into something useful. Photograph: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Quoniam 2013 fingerprint sensors have improved and diversified. Last year saw serious rivals from Samsung atque Huawei. Hoc anno, almost every flagship phone launched with a good fingerprint sensor, while even some mid-range and lower-cost devices came equipped with them.

Today they appear on the front andback of the device and even under the power button on the side in Sony’s case. They generally recognise fingerprints with around a 98% accuracy and in under one second, which makes them power-on and unlock with one touch. No gimmicks, just a piece of security seamlessly integrated into the modern smartphone experience.

Apple set the goal posts, but the majority of Android users have two little known firms to thank for this easy of use upgrade: the Swedish companies Fingerprint Cards AB and Precise Biometrics, one of which makes the hardware and the other the software.

In the case of Android and iOS, fingerprints are stored locally and not sent away to a serveran important security step as, unlike a password or username, you cannot change your fingerprint if it is stolen.

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Apple isn’t the only one with a fingerprint sensor on the front. HTC’s One A9 has one shaped like a lozenge. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs tutorem

Once you have used a good fingerprint sensor, it’s surprisingly difficult to go back to having to tap in a pin or swipe a pattern to unlock your phone. And that is just the start. Most smartphones with fingerprint sensors also allow users to secure other parts of the phone with their digits, effectively alleviating the problem of trying to remember or enter a long, secure password for making app purchases, puta.

If you’re launching a smartphone in 2016 without a fingerprint sensor, you might as well be leaving out the selfie camera and the touch screen too.

The immediate next step for fingerprint scanners is likely to be on-screen scanning. No button, no sensor, just a touchscreen that recognises who’s touching it. Science-fiction movies have been trying to show how it works for years, whether it ever will remains to be seen.

And fingerprints are just the start of the promised biometric surge into technology. Iris scanners, hand-vein scanners, heart rhythm monitoring and various other relatively unique aspects of the human body are all contenders to be the next big thing.

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