The Galaxy S8’s iris recognition function is claimed to be more secure than the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) fingerprint recognition.
“The iris recognition technology of the Galaxy S8 collects more identification information than the FBI fingerprint recognition,” the IT professional media business insider said, “The more identification information, the more secure the Galaxy S8 is.”
Mark Clifton, Chief Executive Officer of Princeton Identity, said, “The FBI uses 13 points as identification information when recognizing fingerprints. If you identify 10 fingerprints, While the Galaxy S8 iris recognition scanner contains up to 200 pieces of identification information per iris, and the iris recognition is carried out through two eyes, so the identification information used for iris recognition is 400 pieces.” Iris scanners use ‘near-infrared’ filters to precisely identify, distinguish, and register the minute bumps of different irises.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is equipped with a sensor that recognizes three types of biometric information: fingerprint, iris, and face. Samsung Electronics will most likely use the mobile banking service of commercial banks as an iris authentication of the Galaxy S8. It is typical to work with the Korea Internet Promotion Agency to replace the iris certificate.
Meanwhile, Researchers say fingerprint sensors on smartphones are not as safe as they should be.
Research has shown that it could fake up to 65% of fingerprint scanners with artificial ‘master fingerprints’ like master keys. A complete fingerprint is difficult to counterfeit, but a smartphone fingerprint scanner is small in size and therefore only reads a part of the fingerprint to make sure you have your thumb only once. When users set up fingerprint security on Apple iPhone or Google Android-based smartphone, register 8 to 10 fingerprint images for easy comparison.
Also, many users store more than one finger. The system is vulnerable to fake fingerprints, since unlocking is possible even if only one of the stored images matches when you press your finger. Nasir Memon, a professor of computer science at New York University, explained, “You set 30 passwords, but the attacker just has to match one.” He said that if you have a glove with a master fingerprint on each finger, you can unlock 40-50% of your iPhones within five attempts before a numeric password is required.
“A bigger fingerprint sensor can reduce the risk, and a newer bio-security scheme like iris scanners will be safer,” said Chris Boehne, who participatesin the US federal government’s biosecurity program.