Paying by fingerprint will soon be a thing

I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 a few weeks after they were released. I dropped it in the toilet mere weeks after that, completely ruining it. That was the worst £499 I every spent. At no point in the life of that exceptionally overpriced phone did I consider putting more than a basic PIN on the screen lock because everything was backed up in the cloud. I do take digital security seriously, which is why I store nothing of importance of my phone, and neither should you if biometric security picks up steam.

Samsung’s newest phone, which we can only assume will be better, faster and cooler, will take payments with only the power of your fingerprint to verify your identity. Can you imagine a fingerprint lock on your car? Your house? I would not trust any security system I could crack with some Sellotape and a dirty glass.

Repeat after me. A fingerprint is not a password. A fingerprint is not a password. It is a username, if anything. Unless you’re memorising a 2048 bit RSA key, you’re never going to get the security you need on your phone. Still, you need something to stop people stealing the Snapchats you’ve saved and ruining your Candy Crush Saga progress. I’m sure a random four digit PIN is still good enough.

[Can we embed the YouTube video from the link below please?] 

Yes we can, Kieran. But only because you asked nicely.-Ed.


Published on February 27, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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