Nov security patch

How to secure Galaxy S10 and Note 10 from the fingerprint security flaw?

Samsung has rolled out the November Security Patch for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 earlier this week. The update started in Europe has now spread to other parts of the world. This update is important enough for Samsung to keep the schedule fast. Perhaps the reason behind this fast update is the company’s attempt to fix the fingerprint reader flaw. The recent software update for the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 let the users check the version of the security patch biometric information on the device. This is a move Samsung made after a couple found a problem with the fingerprint scanner being fooled by textured gel covers that cover the display.

The Biometrics and security section in the device settings now has a new option called Biometrics security patch, when tapped reveals the latest version number of the patch. Anyone who had fingerprint recognition enabled on their Galaxy S10 or Galaxy Note 10 will probably get the notification for the update. The latest biometric security patch has version number 2.0.25.21 for the fingerprint and to be safe, your device needs to be on at least version 2.0.24.20 to be safe from the security bug which allows anyone to access your device with the silicon case. if your device hasn’t received the security patch yet, it is better to delete all the fingerprints and use an alternative biometric options until your device is updated.

The biometric update will show up as notification that won’t go away till you installed it. The notification, as you can see in the screenshot below, is called performance and security – just tap it and then hit the update button to install the biometric updated. However, installing the patch isn’t enough. You have to restart your device later on. Then you need to delete all fingerprints being registered on your device. Go to Settings >Biometrics and Security > Fingerprints > Pin/Password/Pattern to see all the registered fingerprints tap, select all fingerprints, tap the Remove button on top to delete these.

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