It’s arguable, of course, but one of the best and most convenient features of the iPhone and iPad is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Touch a finger to the Home button to unlock the device, and use Touch ID to purchase online or offline, and even open up secure apps.
What’s not to like? Well, the fact that Touch ID does not have a Mac counterpart. That’s right, there’s no Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the Mac. Unless you use the KeyTouch app which brings Touch ID to the Mac.
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With all the noise over encryption and back doors and the public scuffle between Apple and the F.B.I. it might be easy to see over the horizon to what the future brings. We’ll see iPhones cracked and hacked by terrorists, governments, and criminals. Or, we’ll see application level security like Touch ID for 1Password– but for every app.
I’m all for that but just having Touch ID on the Mac would be a plus. You can with KeyTouch, a free app for the Mac, and just 99-cents for the iPhone. What KeyTouch does is kinda sorta mostly what you expect. It lets you use Touch ID on your iPhone to login to websites on your Mac.
Instead of fumbling around for a username or login ID, and a website’s password, just use KeyTouch and Touch ID on your iPhone. Just like 1Password, which still requires some search and clicks to open a website (not to mention the price tag), KeyTouch makes it easy to login to a website.
KeyTouch also has an option to unlock your Mac when it’s locked– just by using the Touch ID o n your phone.
Security freaks will appreciate the level of security in KeyTouch. The password on your Mac is saved as an AES 256-bit encrypted file on your Mac and that’s where it stays. KeyTouch uses battery saving Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy so you won’t notice any issue with battery usage on either device. Since the Mac’s password is saved on the Mac itself and does not get transferred via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, unlocking is more secure and fast.
Using KeyTouch on the Mac is much like using 1Password on your iPhone with Touch ID. KeyTouch, though, requires newer Mac models and newer iPhone models– those with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy– those manufactured in the past couple of years. The iOS app even comes with a Watch utility.
The Mac app is free. The iPhone app is 99-cents which makes it a very inexpensive way to log in to websites. Caveats for your 99-cents? Sometimes it works. Sometimes it don’t. When it does, it’s great. When it don’t, it’s frustrating.