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Scary! Hackers get past Android's fingerprint recognition in just 15 minutes

Scary! Hackers get past Android's fingerprint recognition in just 15 minutes
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If you use your fingerprint to access your smartphone, that's smart. Cybersecurity experts recommend that you use biometrics like fingerprints to prevent criminals from getting into your phone.

If cybercriminals get in, they can steal your personal information. They can find your bank's login and password and, more frightening, your home address and other information.

So, hackers are always devising new methods to get past your security systems. For instance, we recently told you that criminals can use kids' molding dough to replicate your iPhone Touch ID fingerprint.

Now, researchers have discovered a frighteningly easy way hackers can bypass your Android device's fingerprint recognition system. Worse, it took them only 15 minutes and everyday office supplies to do it.

First, criminals lift your fingerprint from your phone or from an object you've touched. Then, they scan your fingerprint's image at 300 dpi (dots per inch) or a higher resolution.

Next page: More from Kim Komando on this frightening fingerprint hack
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