Samsung Galaxy S10 Face Unlock Fooled by Photos, Company Says Convenience Feature Only
Samsung recently launched its latest Galaxy S10 in Canada and beyond. The new flagship smartphone contains both a face recognition feature and a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.
However, as with previous Samsung Galaxy models, the 2D facial recognition feature can be easily fooled by a photo, unlike Apple’s Face ID.
Even a video of your face can unlock the Galaxy S10, as shown by Toronto-based Unbox Therapy on YouTube. The channel demonstrates how by playing a video of one’s face, it can easily unlock face recognition on the Galaxy S10:
Samsung responded to reports of its Galaxy S10 face recognition bypass flaw by telling TechRadar, “Face recognition is a convenient action to open your phone. For actions requiring strong security, Samsung recommends using the new in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint that unlocks only with your physical fingerprint.”
Security researcher Jane Wong also said the Galaxy S10 face recognition has trouble with siblings; she was able to unlock her brother’s new phone with her face.
I unlocked my brother's Galaxy S10+ with my face
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 9, 2019
If you’re using a Galaxy S10 right now and you care about security, you may want to disable face recognition and use the in-display fingerprint reader instead.