Biometrics Won’t Deter Phone Theft: Scott

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Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Technologist Tom Scott discusses the Apple’s introduction of fingerprint scanning on the iphone and the impact that could have on cybercrime. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's “The Pulse.” (Source: Bloomberg)

He is a programmer.

Good to see you.

The security comes in many forms, how significant a development is this?

Plenty of people have their phone next -- nicked, but how would this stop that?

If you're looking for something that is bulletproof, so no bad guy can get into it, then it is not that effective.

What it will defend against is that person looking over your shoulder.

Biometrics are not particularly good passcodes because you leave them everywhere you go.

Everything you touch.

A hostile agency with a lot of power could swipe your fingerprints.

The average user?

For the average user, this is much better than a four digit passcode that anyone can look at and swipe your phone while you're not looking.

Apple has said that half of all users don't use any passcode security on the iphone at all.

That is astonishing.

If you have your e-mail on their, that is access to everything in your digital life.

Every service you use will send a reminder to your e-mail.

If you have someone's e-mail account on their phone with no password, you have access to everything.

A simple thing like registering your fingerprint which gets around that a few seconds to log in nonsense, you have much better security for the prison on the street.

What advice would there be -- you listen to authorities in new york and london, one of the things they are concerned about is the number of phones that are stolen and the inability to stop that.

What is the best advice?

The four digit passcode is breakable.

What should people be doing?

The most obvious thing is not walking down a dark street with your phone in front of you.

The majority of crimes are on something like that.

If you are worried about someone getting your digital files, then there are many other approaches.

Ultimately, people are stealing phones physically, they aren't really worried about getting into them because the first thing they do is turn it off so you can track them.

Fingerprint readers won't help with phone theft but it will help with people picking up someone else's phone and having a quick look through while they are away.

What is the next evolution in this?

How difficult is this to put into a phone?

Most phones have a screen that can read things.

How easy is it to put this in samsung or everybody else?

The test is when the phone gets released.

This is not the only biometric phone already out there.

Samsung galaxy already does face unlock.

That can be defeated by somebody holding up a photograph of you.

Everything has its limits.

If this picks up, yes i can see other manufacturers going for it as well.

It depends on whether the technology is reliable.

It is something we are not going to know for about two or three weeks.

They were pretty well.

I seem to be accurate.

The technology is not new.

It should be something that apple can achieve easily.

It should be.

If you remember when the iphone 4 came out, there was that story about reaching the antenna.

It only takes a minor flaw for the press to jump on it and blow something in the long-term.

It is an iphone story which means they are much more vulnerable.

If acer or samsung or sony brought out a phone with a slightly dodgy fingerprint reader, it wouldn't be a news story.

Apple doing it is.

For biometrics that can fit into a phone right now, -- we will even on that.

Tom scott.

Let's move on.

Still to come, we know it is wise to backup our data, but what about ourselves?

We are going to speak to the chief executive of a firm offering people the chance to save a bit of themselves for the future.

Stem cells.

We will see you in a moment.

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