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HTC phone stores fingerprints in easily accessible plaintext

August 11, 2015

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Pressing a finger on your mobile phone’s fingerprint scanner has to be the easiest, most seamless way to unlock the device, and this is why more and more manufacturers equip their mobile products with it. In fact, it is predicted that by 2019, 50% of all shipped smartphone will have a fingerprint sensor.

But there is a downside to authentication via fingerprint: unlike passwords, fingerprints can’t be changed, and once compromised, they remain compromised forever.

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