Samsung may be working on a new technology to fight fake fingerprints

The device would compare the two scans for any variations to find if the finger used for scanning was of the user or not

  • Published: September 26, 2018 4:42 PM IST

A new patent by Samsung has popped up on the internet regarding the in-display fingerprint scanning technology. According to the patent, it looks like the company is working on a new method to ensure that the fingerprint scanning is secure. This will allow the company to fight fake fingerprints that cybercriminals may make use of to break through the security defenses of the device. The patent in question was published by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). This comes after a number of rumors that indicated that Samsung may launch its next flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Considering that the Galaxy S series is the top-end device lineup for the company, it is quite possible for the company to invest time on ensuring that the fingerprint technology is more secure than similar implementations in the market. The application was initially spotted by Android Headlines. Diving into the report, the patent claims that the scanner and a processor can identify a fake fingerprint which includes scanning the “external object” in question. The device would then make minor adjustments to the scanning technology to take a second scan of the finger.

Image credit: Android Headlines

The report noted that the device would compare the two scans for any variations to find if the finger used for scanning was of the user or not. If there are no variations then the device unlocks otherwise it refuses the scan.

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The reason for increasing the defense of the fingerprint scanning technology is because an increasing number of apps and services are gradually moving to fingerprint scanning as the primary line of protection while moving away from passwords.

This is especially significant because most Android-powered devices don’t feature a sophisticated face scanning technology which is as secure as the fingerprint scanner.

  • Published Date: September 26, 2018 4:42 PM IST