Sky Bet set to integrate Apple’s TouchID
Sky Bet has unveiled an online gambling first after announcing its plans to integrate Apple’s ‘TouchID’ into its mobile app, according to iGaming Business.
This technology will enable punters to log into their account using their fingerprints – rather than having to remember a PIN code or password. Following a successful trial run in which 50% of Sky Bet customers took advantage of the new technology, BSkyB’s online gambling arm is now set to unveil complete coverage of its new functionality.
Sky Bet customers who use an iPhone 5S, 6 or 6 Plus will now be able to login to their account with TouchID, as well as those gaming on an iPad Mini 3.
Andrew Walton, Sky Bet’s head of mobile, told EGR Magazine that the feedback from customers for TouchID integration had been ‘overwhelmingly positive’. “We really wanted to be first to market in our sector and we’re chuffed to do so. I think it’ll become far more common in the near future,” he said.
Apple’s TouchID is the first fingerprint recognition software to hit smartphones and tablets. It is the most secure way to protect a device, and thus a mobile gambling account, should it be stolen or go missing. The probability of two individual fingerprints being the same is 50,000/1 – with the odds of someone being able to crack a four-digit code at 10,000/1.
Touch ID pros and cons
Using your biometric data to unlock your phone is something that spy movies have had us waiting for for years! It’s finally happened and iPhones, as well as some Android models, can now be unlocked using a fingerprint.
With any new technological idea, it’s always good practice to take a long hard look at the pros and cons before fully embracing it. Here are our thoughts on using biometrics for security.
Let’s start with the pros. You always carry your fingertips around with you (even Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight from Game of Thrones took his along in a little baggie) and you don’t even forget how to use them. This is one advantage fingerprint ID has over a passcode. It’s also a plus if you don’t want other people accessing your phone when having given them the passcode in the past.
Forgery is difficult, though not impossible. Many people expressed hesitation when Touch ID was launched because it could be used by other entities to collect information on them. We’re pleased to report that lifting a fingerprint off a phone sensor takes a whole lot more expertise and equipment than your average petty criminal has at their disposal and if the NSA is stealing your phone from you, fingerprints are probably the least of your worries.
On the other hand, there is the issue of verification failure, where the device doesn’t recognise a legitimate fingerprint. This is a risk though developers are constantly updating their software to ensure this doesn’t happen.
The best middle ground, from a security perspective, is to use Touch ID in tandem with a second security measure such as a passcode. If one fails, the other option is available and too many attempts will trigger the necessity for both methods.
Updated on 10th April 2019