Signatures were once the securest way to prove your identity. Then came PIN codes. Now, in the blink of an eye, the security of your device - the gateway to the modern world around you - is literally at your fingertips.
You probably use one or both daily but never give much thought to how Touch ID and Face ID work, where they started and the technology behind each feature.
Keep reading for a snapshot into how your own unique characteristics have paved the way for quicker, easier and more secure smartphone technology.
Touch ID is an Apple product feature designed and released by the tech giant. Touch ID utilises state-of-the-art fingerprint recognition technology to allow only authorised users to unlock their device.
If you own an iPhone generation from the 5S onwards, a MacBook Pro, or an iPad Air 2 or later, your device has this feature inbuilt. Of course, it’s optional to use it, and many prefer to use traditional passcodes instead.
Face ID is the newest form of device security released by Apple, and exists in the most recent brand release, the iPhone X. As the name implies, Face ID uses facial recognition technology to recognise the owner and unlock the device. The setup of Face ID is much like that of Touch ID, but instead of reading your fingerprint, it scans your face from a number of angles. And good news for those with specs appeal - it reads your face even with glasses on too!
Apple advises that these hi-tech phone security features are entirely safe from outside interference. They claim that unique Touch ID fingerprint data is stored on the processor of the device itself - not in the Cloud. However, a German-based computer club claimed in 2013 to have hacked the Touch ID technology using a simple photograph of the fingerprint of a designated device owner.
Despite this, Apple’s Face ID system in the iPhone X is, according to the brand, ultra-secure. Like Touch ID, the processor in the device itself stores the information, and Apple has gone a step further to ensure complete security. To nip the possibility of using a photograph of someone to unlock the phone in the bud, Face ID requires the user move their face around (like they must do in the initial setup) to ensure it is in fact them before granting access.
Touch and Face ID technology is a modern security method that saves us time on the go, but protecting your phone and its screen is important in retaining the integrity of these features. Don’t let the fear of potential cracks, drops, camera or touchpad damage or everyday hazards rule you. EFM has a large range of Case Armour and Screen Armour designed to offer military-grade impact-resistance - tried and tested!
In fact, our range of phone screen protection is so ultra-thin and lightweight it won’t impact the performance of both Touch and Face ID technology in the slightest.