Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Sep 2017 21:56 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

If you value the security of your data - your email, social media accounts, family photos, the history of every place you've ever been with your phone - then I recommend against using biometric identification.

Instead, use a passcode to unlock your phone.

Can't argue with that - especially in place where law enforcement often takes a... Liberal approach to detainees.

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RE[3]: Well ...
by Alfman on Fri 15th Sep 2017 07:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Well ..."
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So, assuming you don't have anything on your phone that might get you in trouble, you're going to go through the inconvenience of using a pin instead of a fingerprint, because... f--k the police? Please help me make sense out of that.

I was responding to your original post where you were implying that only guilty people have a good reason to be against the intrusions. Just because you don't care, that doesn't mean others don't or shouldn't care. As I said before, many people object on principal, even if the police wouldn't find anything.

As far as your next point, people can chose for themselves what they do and why. Just keep in mind lax security doesn't just benefit the police, it also benefits criminals. I hope people are able to make an informed decision based on realistic threat models. Unfortunately vendors (including apple) are sometimes known to mislead users by claiming their security is better than it really is - they're not really doing their customers any favors when they exaggerate because it is not going to fool the hackers!

Edited 2017-09-15 07:08 UTC

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RE[4]: Well ...
by Kochise on Fri 15th Sep 2017 17:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Well ..."
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Why do governments have secret agencies, classified documents and shit ? Because they all have pretty much dirt under the carpet they don't want you to see. Ministers and leaders can do even more shit without loosing their head/chair, because power/friendship/brotherhood/whatever. But democracy, freedom, justice, wada wada...

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RE[4]: Well ...
by WorknMan on Fri 15th Sep 2017 18:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Well ..."
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where you were implying that only guilty people have a good reason to be against the intrusions.

No, I was implying that only guilty people ought to be paranoid enough to use only passcodes. I mean, you could be completely against police being able to force you to fingerprint unlock, but still use the feature.

As for security, I imagine the odds are about a million to one (or higher) that a security vulnerability like this is going to affect you personally before the general public finds out about it, and then you switch it off until they patch the vulnerability. Besides, there have been vulnerabilities in the past that let people get past a passcoded lock screen, so that ain't no guarantee either.

Edited 2017-09-15 18:28 UTC

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