Scam of the day – September 29, 2013 – iPhone 5s security flaw

The launch of the new iPhone 5s was greeted with great enthusiasm for many reasons.  One of the reasons was that this phone had new security features.  Regular readers of Scamicide are aware of the many warnings I have provided you about identity theft threats posed by security flaws in smartphone security systems.  For more detailed information about protecting yourself from identity theft while using your smartphone, I suggest that you read my book “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age.”  You can order it from Amazon by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of this page.

One of the much touted new security features of the new iPhone 5s is its fingerprint identification security system, however within two days of the iPhone 5s being first sold, hackers were able to come up with ways to hack into the system and break the fingerprint identification system.  It involves the person stealing the phone dusting the smartphone for fingerprints, scanning the fingerprint on to a transparent sheet and then using it to operate the phone.

TIPS

As I describe in “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” there are a number of things you can do to protect the security of your smartphone including, setting a security lockout on your smartphone so that when you are not using it, the information contained within your phone cannot be accessed by anyone who might steal your phone, use a complex password, install antivirus and anti malware security software on your smartphone and do not store sensitive personal information on your smartphone.  They can’t steal what you don’t store.  For more tips, check out “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age.”