Deactivate iOS Touch ID Login

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I am as concerned about the security of my personal information as much as the next person. We take great pains to secure our Mac computers, but realistically speaking most of that information on the Mac is also available on our iPhones and iPads. Are our iOS devices as secure as our Macs? I don’t think they are and because of that I have taken the following steps.

Touch ID

I was totally jazzed when Apple introduced the whole Touch ID concept. Instead of interacting with the iPhone screen or entering a bunch of passwords, you could just tap the Home Button with your Touch ID finger and all was well. That works great for me for most of my interactions on my iOS devices with one exception.

Recently I have been reading more and more articles about people who have been forced to open their iOS devices using Touch ID by the authorities. For some reason they think using Touch ID is not the same as being required to enter a password. I am not sure where this is going, but it is a little disturbing to me. Call me paranoid if you like. I take the security of my personal information very seriously.

Because of these developments I have decided to deactivate Touch ID for logging into my iOS devices, just using a password instead. Yes, that is a bit of a hassle, but I feel better about it. I am still using Touch ID for other things inside of iOS like making purchases from the App Store. If you are considering deactivating Touch ID for Home Screen logins, then do the following.

Enter the Settings area, scroll down and Tap on Touch ID and Passcode:

Touch ID & Passcode
Touch ID & Passcode

You will be taken to the usual Passcode entry screen:

Passcode Entry
Passcode Entry

Once you enter your Passcode (I hope it is at least 6 digits) you will see this screen:

iPhone Unlock
iPhone Unlock

All you have to do is Tap that slider and your iOS device will stop using Touch ID for logging in:

iPhone Lock Off
iPhone Lock Off

Notice I have left the other ways of using Touch ID turned on. It really is a handy way to interact with iOS. I just don’t want to make it so easy to get into my iOS devices.

Conclusion

You may not see any danger in using Touch ID for login purposes. To each his own I guess. But, in this day and age I have become not as trusting of others as I used to be. YMMV in all of this. Each of us has to setup our iOS devices in ways that work best for us with the level of security that we think is appropriate.

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