After a reported 5.6 million fingerprints were compromised as a result of a recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM says 5.6 million fingerprints stolen in cyberattack), iOS users have yet another reason to doubt security measures behind what’s been dubbed “the most spyware-proof mobile operating system” to date (iOS scores as most secure mobile OS).
While it’s true that the “attack” was aimed at high-ranking U.S. government officials the same technique could just as easily be employed to obtain the fingerprints of millions of iPhone and iPad users across the globe, and with far less risk.
Continued use of TouchID is a somewhat risky decision. Your fingerprint is a permanent means of identification that’s more valuable than any driver’s license or key card, once stolen the effects are irreversible.
Apple provides documentation on every security update released for all of it’s products.
Always update digital devices to the latest software version, and don’t be afraid to become slightly informed of the various bugs that are addressed by each.