All About Samsung Galaxy S10’s Face Unlock

With face unlocking becoming one of the most popular ways to unlock phones, in addition to the on-screen fingerprint, smartphone security seems to be well in hand (no pun intended). But in fact, many phones with face unlocking can be easily bypassed by a photo of the owner. Some phones have ways around this trick, such as the iPhone X’s advanced True-depth camera, which recognizes more depth and points of view. But some don’t.

According to Emanuele Cisotti unlocking the face of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is easily bypassed by a photo. He tested the function with “faster recognition” disabled, which reduced the scanning time of the phone and made it possible to bypass the security measure.

You can see on the Instagram video that this trick does indeed work.

We know that phones with a dedicated selfie camera can be fooled quite easily. Up to 30 phones with face unlock function are unlocked with a printed photo.

This is a rather disappointing discovery, since Samsung’s Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9 were not so easily fooled by the same test. All of the above phones include Samsung’s smart scanning technology. It seems that by innovating with the cut-out camera, Samsung’s technical team has missed a step.

Since this is a hardware-related issue, there is no software fix for the vulnerability. Perhaps Samsung will come up with something to reduce the chances of this happening, but without the right technology, a photo can still be used to unlock the phone.

Despite this flaw, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is still a great phone, but not a safe one. We strongly advise you not to use this feature if you are worried that someone else may be able to access the contents of your phone.

It is disappointing for a phone in this price range to have such a flaw, especially in the era of increased security features. Whether Samsung is aware of this surveillance or not cannot be determined, but it is too after to do anything about it now.

Your best bet to protect your S10 from prying eyes is to use the ultra-sonic fingerprint sensor on the device instead.

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