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Security Issues Across Samsung, Google and Apple

Three major tech companies are reportedly facing massive security issues across recently released devices due to software bugs that are compromising the privacy of their customer’s information.

As reported by the BBC, both Samsung and Google are facing issues across their smartphones due to software bugs, alongside well-reported issues from Apple’s rollout of iOS 13.

Google has confirmed the Pixel 4 smartphone, released this week, contains an issue whereby the Face Unlock system can allow access to a personal device even if their eyes are closed.

Across to Samsung, where a flaw in its software allows any fingerprint to unlock a Galaxy S10 smartphone, which was first reported by The Sun in the UK.

Both issues have been flagged by their respective companies to be fixed; however, the myriad of security issues across major devices is breeding legitimate hysteria amongst tech users.

It comes after widespread issues with Apple’s rollout of iOS 13 which saw users able to access the entire contact list of the phone through a bug in the Siri app.

Apple has since rolled out 13.1.3, marking it as the company’s fourth update to the new operating system version, not to mention the recent unveiling of un-patchable Jailbreak exploit for iPhones.

In response to the fingerprint scanner issue, South Korea’s online-only KaKaoBank told customers to disable fingerprint-recognition until the problem was fixed.

It was also reported that some screen protectors were incompatible with Samsungs reader, due to the scanners use of ultrasounds to detect 3D ridges of fingerprints.

It comes alongside reports that Samsung is developing an under-screen selfie camera for its next high-end smartphone utilising a near-transparent OLED panel.

Whether this will bring with it hardware improvements to the fingerprint scanner is yet to be seen, as mass production for new OLED units begins next year.

The Pixel 4, on the other hand, does not have a fingerprint scanner included in the phone, instead favouring 3D facial recognition.

Google said in a statement to the BBC that Face Unlock could not be fooled by photos or masks.

However, the Google Pixel 4 support website informs customers, ‘your phone can also be unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed’, telling them to switch on “lockdown” mode which deactivates facial recognition.

In similar news, LastPass has recently stated they will be bringing Face Unlock support to its app as a ‘password-less’ solution.

Whether or not this recent flaw discovery will affect the rollout of this feature is yet to be seen as more consumers become more aware of privacy issues across major technology companies.

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