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6-year-old unlocks mother's phone to go on unauthorized shopping spree

6-year-old unlocks mother's phone to go on unauthorized shopping spree
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Are you unlocking your phone, tablet, or the apps inside them with your fingerprint? If so, you're using biometric authentication, a system where your body parts grant you access to a location or account. It's supposed to make it harder to hack into things and it eliminates the need to remember dozens of passwords.

One clever six-year-old easily outsmarted this hi-tech system. As a result, she was able to score some extra Christmas presents.

Ashlynd, a six-year-old from Arkansas, unlocked her mother's phone and purchased $250 worth of Pokémon toys. She didn't need to use any sophisticated software; she simply pressed her mother's finger against the fingerprint reader while she was asleep! Once the phone was unlocked, she located the Amazon app and started shopping.

Her mother, Bethany, is an Amazon Prime member so all of her account details are saved inside the app. Her payment and shipping information was automatically filled in. Ashlynd was able to select the items she wanted and quickly checkout. And unfortunately, most of the items were not returnable.

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So if you're wondering what's better for securing your phone, your fingerprint or a password you must type in, the answer is neither... by itself. The best way to keep anything safe is to have several lines of defense. Using one to protect your phone and the other to protect apps within your phone would be best.

Next page: Go to the next page to see how to protect your Apple and Android devices.
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