Many of us rely on using our fingerprints to unlock our phones and pay for shopping.
But smartphone fingerprint scanners may not be secure as we think.
Researchers have developed a series of ‘MasterPrints’ made from the common features of human finger markings which they say can unlock any smartphone.
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HOW DO MASTERPRINTS UNLOCK PHONES?
MasterPrints are mosaics made from the common elements of all human finger markings.
The surface of our fingers are covered in swirling friction ridges, which have evolved to heighten our sensitivity to touch.
The intricate pattern these ridges form on our fingers are unique to every person and no two fingerprints are the same.
But there are three basic fingerprint patterns that all ridges follow, which are known as the loop, whorl, and arch patterns.
There are three basic fingerprint patterns that all friction ridges follow, which are known as the arch (left) loop, (middle) and whorl (right)
While 60 to 65 per cent of all people have a loop pattern on their fingerprints, 30 to 35 per cent have a whorl and around five per cent have an arch.