How To Use Touch ID To Unlock Mac And Auto Fill Passwords On Websites [VIDEO]
When the iPhone 5s first arrived in September, the feature that many were drawn to was the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and although some were quick to dismiss the new implementation as a gimmick, it has very much established itself as a well-crafted security asset. Given that, for such a new feature, Touch ID is already very reliable, it stands to reason that we would want to use something similar for our password needs on a more universal scale, and thanks to a little jailbreak tweak called UnlockID, Mac users can call upon Touch ID for their desktop password-entering needs.
Whether you’re trying to log into your password protected Mac or simply filling out the details on a Web form, UnlockID ensures that you won’t need to type in your password ever again. Sure, all browsers can remember these credentials for you, but if you subsequently leave your computer unattended, folks can then access your numerous accounts, in turn defeating the object of having a password in the first place.
Touch ID makes the iPhone 5s unlocking process an effortless, even pleasurable experience, and UnlockID simply brings this feature to the desktop. Once you’ve downloaded the tweak, which can be found over at the ModMyi repository in Cydia, you also need to download the accompanying desktop app, but once the simple configuration process is complete, Touch ID becomes your new all-purpose digital key.
Below, the developer of UnlockID has presented its powers in a simple video. As if by magic, a long press of the Touch ID Home button enters user details and passwords right into the likes of Amazon, Facebook and Instagram, and for an initial release, it’s extremely refined. Check it out:
Yes, this tweak is the perfect companion to those who like to go above and beyond in ensuring that their personal data remains obscured from prying eyes. But as the video demonstrates, it’s also incredibly cool, and if you would like to try it out for yourself, then head over to the Modmyi repo by navigating the Sources tab in Cydia.
It was a few days back when we reported about an upcoming tweak called BioUnlock for iPhone 5s, that grants the user to unlock their Mac using Touch ID, but hands down, UnlockID takes things beyond by adding password autofill to the mix.
Also, if you’re interested to get the same password autofill feature, but on your iPhone instead of your Mac, then be sure to check out the iTouchSecure for iPhone 5s tweak.