Your bank accounts are safe, Samsung fixes fingerprint issue on the Galaxy S10 and Note 1020
Both Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series are affected by the issue but only when their displays are covered with a silicone screen protector. The problem is that while wearing a silicone screen protector, anyone can unlock these phones using any finger.
After the issue made the front page, Samsung issued a statement explaining how the phone's in-display fingerprint sensor could fail to accurately recognize a registered fingerprint. According to this statement, the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 smartphones incorrectly view “three-dimensional patterns on certain silicone screen protecting cases as users' fingerprints.”
As you can imagine this issue poses a serious threat for those who are using their phones to pay for shopping, so many banks have started to ban these phones not allowing users to pay with them via mobile apps.
Today, Samsung announced that a software update is now rolling out to Galaxy S10 and Note 10 phones, which should address the issue reported last month.
Samsung Electronics takes the security of products very seriously and will make sure to strengthen security through continuing improvement and updates to enhance biometric authentication functions.
If you're using one of Samsung's most recent flagship smartphones and already registered your biometric data, you should be notified for a software update in the coming days.