Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner has gotten mixed reviews to date, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying out this new functionality. The fingerprint sensor is baked into the Home button, and it can be used to unlock the device and can also be used as an alternative to entering passwords. Now, thanks to LastPass, Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor just became more useful (and more exciting).
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner + LastPass is a superb combination
The new updated Android app of LastPass utilizes the full potential of Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner. The first step would be to register on each site that you want to log into automatically. From then on, users will be able to access stored password information with a swipe of their finger. So instead of using a master password every time, you’ll now have the option to quickly unlock secure information using only a fingerprint.
The LastPass feature is a part of the company’s premium service, which currently costs $12 per year. The updated app also automatically fills in the password for other Android devices, as long as you’re running Android 4.3 or above.
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In contrast to Apple, who has kept its own Touch ID system locked down and unavailable to third-party developers, Samsung has an API for third-party developers so that they can create their own applications and use the biometrics system on the Galaxy S5. This means that any developer can integrate this fingerprint technology and use it in their own apps for sale on Google Play.
While this technology might seem amazing at first, no technology is 100% secure, and hackers have already tried to bypass the system by creating a fake finger. In the end, it is the user who has to evaluate the pros and cons and decide whether they’re going to adopt this new technology.