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Security Flaw Seen in Apple Watch

A security flaw has been discovered on the Apple Watch concerning Apple’s mobile payments service. Apple Pay has become quite popular among iOS users, receiving praise for being secure and convenient. On the new iPhone, consumer financial information is kept secure thanks to biometric technology. Those wishing to make a mobile transaction through Apple Pay on an iPhone must scan their fingerprint before they can do so. This feature is absent from Apple Watch, however. Apple Watch is not equipped with a fingerprint scanner, so must rely on other security solutions in order to keep consumer information safe. GadgetHacks recently posted a video to YouTube that highlights a security flaw. Though Apple Watch does not use a fingerprint, it must maintain contact with a user’s skin, otherwise the device will be locked until they input their password. This is meant to protect the device, but the security flaw has to do with the amount of time it takes for the device to register that it is no longer in contact with human skin.

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