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🔗 We Broke Into A Bunch Of Android Phones With A 3D-Printed Head

We tested four of the hottest handsets running Google's operating systems and Apple's iPhone to see how easy it'd be to break into them. We did it with a 3D-printed head. All of the Androids opened with the fake. Apple's phone, however, was impenetrable.

Apple does not get enough recognition for how much work they put into the security of their devices. So many Android phone manufactures just want another bullet point on the back of the box or the ability to say they were first to some new technology without actually hammering out all of the kinks or thinking of the security implications.

In-display fingerprint scanners and facial recognition of still images are cool and all but they are inherently insecure. The data that is being gathered is of such low quality that false negatives and positives occur at an unacceptable rate. Corporations wouldn't use this technology to safeguard access to their buildings but for some reason it is OK for consumers to use it to safeguard their most important information. Imagine right now if someone could unlock your phone at whim, what kind of damage they could do?

Apple's Secure Enclave, Touch ID and Face ID technology are so far ahead of the competition it is insane. And yet when it comes time to compare the latest iPhone to the latest Android phone they both just get clumped together as "having facial recognition". As someone who had their iPhone stolen recently I was completely confident in the fact that the thief would never be able to open the phone and my data was safe. I wonder how many Android users have that same feeling?


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