How to secure individual apps with the fingerprint scanner on your Samsung phone

Samsung went all copycat and included a fingerprint scanner embedded in the physical home key underneath the display of the Galaxy S5 for the first time. The tradition was then carried on with the Note 4 phablet, and now we are expecting said scanner to be a staple in the design of Samsung flagships from now on, because, well, you can't just roll back on such an option.

While Samsung's solution is a bit clunkier than the touch-based fingerprint sensor of Apple, it still serves as an added layer of protection towards accessing the phone, authorizing online payments, or switching profiles. Did you know you can secure individual apps with it as well? No? Here's what you need to do:

1. Download and install the FingerSecurity app, which is tailor-made to utilize the scanner on your Samsung phone;

2. Fire up the application, and go to the list of apps that can be secured with it, choosing those you deem worthy of protection, like your media, docs, saved games, text messaging or Facebook tools of choice;

3. Provide an alternative password for access granting, in case something goes awry with the fingerprint reading;

4. You will now have to scan your fingertip each time you want to use the apps you've protected, and they won't be accessible to anyone else that is using your phone, as they lock up again immediately after you've done your work, and exited them.

Developer: Rick ClephasDownload: Android
Category: ToolsPrice: Free, with in-app purchases

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7 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Been using this since last 4 months. Works much better than the stock FIngerprint which allows you to only swipe a few times until it gets locked for 30secs. Here you can go on swiping till you get it right.

7. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Allowing unlimited tries is not better in a way..

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Such a beautiful app. Thanks PA for the recommendation!

3. SPASE

Posts: 257; Member since: May 03, 2013

"Samsung went all copycat" WOW, such great journalistic skills from Daniel. After showing your LOVE for samsung, I'm glad you got to the point at the end of your story...

4. hotcaptain

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

is it me, that the stock fingerprint scanner dont work for mine? Gotta try this. thanks!

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

NIce app for casual security. Keep in mind for legal purposes, a fingerprint can be compelled from a person under the law, whereas a password cannot.

6. Nathillien unregistered

Daniel P. went all iSheep with its first sentence.

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