Just 3 year ago, Samsung was battling it’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7 which was apparently catching fire for no reason until the company had to call it back but that wasn’t the end of the trouble for Samsung in crucial times when it’s competitors had grown so huge.
One of it’s Twitter handle was caught using iPhone to Tweet about the Galaxy Note 9. Okay maybe that’s not a big deal afterall, Huawei is also guilty of that as well. But what about the Samsung Galaxy Fold that completely got ripped off when reviewers mistaken it’s protective films for screen guard…well, we’re still facing the consequences of those reviewers now because the Galaxy Fold hasn’t been rolled out globally yet after several months since the incident.
And the latest on Samsung’s concern board is the Samsung Galaxy S10’s security. The new revelation is that the Galaxy S10 can actually be unlocked by anyone’s Fingerprint aside the rightful owner of the device. Don’t believe me? Try a screen protector on your Galaxy S10 and give the device to your friend to try unlocking it using their fingerprint.
How did we know? A British woman simply bought herself a $3.50 screen protector to guard her screen from scratches and dirts but then notices she can authenticate her device using the fingerprint scanner; according to her report posted by The Sun.
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YEAH! She unlocked her Galaxy S10 without actually registering that finger yet. To be sure that her expensive premium smartphone isn’t misfiring, she then gave the device to her Husband who tried and of course came with the same result.
The technology used in this high-end device is called the Ultrasound which detects fingerprints from below the device’s display. But it’s like the screen protector added to the screen caused the problem in this case.
But Samsung made it known that it’s “aware of the case of S10’s malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch” But whatever the case may be, it might be possible for Samsung to solve this problems by rolling out a security update which could fix the error if it’s not an Hardware/engineering problem like the Galaxy Fold.
Even companies such as the South Korean bank had warned it’s customers to turn off Biometric security systems while awaiting fixes to the problem.
As far as security snafus go, this is a pretty bad one and quite how it took this long to be noticed is a surprise. The Galaxy S10 went on sale more than six months ago yet this is the first we, or apparently Samsung, heard about it.
That software fix really can’t come soon enough. Now if only Samsung could find a software fix for the Galaxy Fold’s display, too but then that is most likely an engineering issue.