Linked by Adam S on Fri 5th Jun 2015 15:26 UTC
Android In June of last year, I finally decided to commit to an Android device. I had carried every flagship iPhone up through that point from the original iPhone to the 5S. To the world around me, I heaped the praise into a life transforming device, but in my tech circles, and on my blog, I frequently posted about my frustration, mostly with shackles and intentional limitations imposed. So last year, why I decided to make the jump to Android. I outlined 10 reasons why I was finally ready to make the jump to Android’s 4.4 release, KitKat. A year has passed. It's time to revisit my original assertions and complaints with some follow up and see where I stand one year later.
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Conflating Identity and Security
by shadowhand on Fri 5th Jun 2015 16:12 UTC
shadowhand
Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple has literally stored your security keys on your body

Good security implies that the keys are only in brain memory (or the combination to a safe that holds the keys). Biometrics are not security, they are identity. Security can be enhanced by biometrics, but biometrics alone is not security. It is far easier to copy a fingerprint than it is to copy a passphrase from my brain.

As an extreme case, if a VIP was captured and their phone was biometrically locked, how much easier would it be to access their phone if the only security was a fingerprint vs a strong passphrase?

Biometric identity to unlock the average user's phone is highly convenient but very insecure.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Passwords stored in head are not better than physical traits, in the event of a kidnapping.

http://xkcd.com/538/

Security is difficult as it involves both technology and people, and can't readily be assessed in a comment on a web page.

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Wootery Member since:
2013-11-22

Passwords stored in head are not better than physical traits, in the event of a kidnapping.


I agree it does you little good in a kidnapping, but memorised passphrases have the advantage that I have much more control over them. I leave fingerprints everywhere, but I'm not constantly reciting my passphrases for all to hear.

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