If you have frequented Twitter the last couple of days, you may have noticed the big sponsored #SamsungGalaxyS10 as the top trending topic. Recently, the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10 phone was released. Similar to the model made popular by car companies, modern cell phones aka smart phones typically release with multiple versions from luxury to frugal. The unique thing about what Samsung is doing, is that they are dropping 4 models all at the same time. A relative first in the smart phone world of tech. Outside of the S10, luxury versions of the phone is the S10 plus and S10 5G and addition to the economy sized version, S10e.
The buzz surrounding the Galaxy S10 is in large part due to being one of the very few smart phone devices to offer the 5G network. 5G is the latest generation of networks for cell phone communication. It’s supposed to have the highest data rates, latency, traffic capacity, connectivity, etc than previous cell phone communication networks.
Samsung was pushing the boundaries of the smart phone world by offering a cryptocurrency wallet. Samsung had even partnered with Enjin for the new phone. Enjin is one of the more popular crypto and blockchain companies.
Part of this crypto feature was based on Samsung’s new fingerprint sensor technology. The fingerprint sensor technology has become really popular with smart phones and other technology. Fingerprint tech has essentially replaced the typical home button, that would unlock your phone and home screen. I guess decades of spy thriller movies where both secret assassins and agents access highly classified buildings and files had an impressionable effect on tech creators and consumers. Unfortunately, those movies also included a lot of bad guys who use their ingenuity and creativity to mimic the thumbprints or iris scanners needed to access and steal rare or expensive items, jewelry, documents.
In the tech world, you can make money and a name for yourself by hacking new tech devices or exploiting bad code, bugs, and vulnerabilities and making them public. Shockingly (not really), that is exactly what happened. Someone posted a video on Imgur of them hacking and exploiting the fingerprint software on their new Samsung S10. It only took the person 13 minutes to hack the phone, which makes the fingerprint protection software virtually useless. Fingerprint technology (at least the civilian technology) is spotty at best, and I would recommend people not rely on this software to protect your phone data. There have been some major tech stories on how these new technologies are cracked by law enforcement or cyber security experts.
With advances in technology constantly happening, it’s smart to always be skeptical of new devices and give them a a grace period of a few months for all the kinks and weaknesses to be addressed. Now and for the future, it will be important for the average user to have a baseline understanding of cyber security and cyber security news to ensure current and future devices phones, cars. computers, etc are not vulnerable or at risk.
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