1. Chris0725's Avatar
    Well I don't get on these forums often, so this could be a well known issue. I was playing around with my Note 5 ( sprint ), which I have the fingerprint scanner activated, and I noticed I can bypass the Fingerprint Lock screen! Yes, I can just skip over it! How? Press the home button and power button at the same time.

    If this is not a known issue, can anyone else confirm this on their Note 5? I have my fingerprint scanner activated for access to my phone. I pick up my phone.. turn it on.. when prompted with the lock screen to check my fingerprint, I just hit the home button and power button at same time and bam, i'm passed it.
    03-17-2016 01:10 AM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Well, wouldn't that be because you're putting your registered finger on the button? I no longer have the Note 5 to test, but on the S7 doing that with an un-registered finger just takes a screenshot. If I use a registered one, then it just logs me in AND takes a screenshot.
    03-17-2016 04:18 AM
  3. Jamie Wooten's Avatar
    I have a Note 5 and what ^^^ he said.
    03-17-2016 07:42 AM
  4. bbqwings2's Avatar
    Boi
    It's scanning your fingerprint when you touch the home button

    From my AT&T Note 5 paired with an Asus Zenwatch 2
    03-17-2016 08:35 AM
  5. russel5150's Avatar
    If i use an unregistered finger it does the screenshot as well.

    To be honest i never thought i would care about a fingerprint scanner, my note4 was kind if a pain.

    W the note5 its reliable enough to use all the time. No security flaw that i can find.

    Sent with my white Note5 with nonremovable back and no SDcard!
    03-17-2016 08:53 AM
  6. Inquisitive1's Avatar
    I just tried it and a screen shot happened. So evidently it is reading your fingerprint and unlocking your device

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-17-2016 10:14 AM
  7. jmy7213's Avatar
    I used my middle finger(as my index and thumb are registered) and the power button, and it would not bypass the lock. It would only do a screenshot and then still ask me to unlock my phone.
    03-17-2016 10:31 AM
  8. Ruben Ocasio's Avatar
    I used my middle finger(as my index and thumb are registered) and the power button, and it would not bypass the lock. It would only do a screenshot and then still ask me to unlock my phone.
    Check this not sure if that could be the issue, i have mines off from Google settings.
    03-17-2016 02:30 PM
  9. Ruben Ocasio's Avatar
    Check this not sure if that could be the issue, i have mines off from Google settings.
    Opps this
    03-17-2016 02:32 PM
  10. aha's Avatar
    Finger print feature is more a convenience feature than a security feature, right? Because it's not as secure as Passwords but it's more convenient to input. Of course it's more secure than not setting password at all.
    03-23-2016 11:23 PM
  11. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Fingerprint authentication IS more secure than passwords... problem is most fingerprint readers can be spoofed (you'll see a video of someone fooling a fingerprint reader on every major smartphone that features one). Problem is, unlike guessing a password or brute-force guessing one, you need a copy of the fingerprint for the spoof to work.
    03-24-2016 09:16 AM
  12. Ryano89's Avatar
    What is this smart lock in your screenshot?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-24-2016 01:48 PM
  13. SpookDroid's Avatar
    On newer Android versions you can set up certain Bluetooth devices, locations, and/or voice/faces to be 'trusted'. When these trusted devices/locations/people are detected, your phone will keep your device unlocked while they are present (for instance, to avoid having to unlock the device every time if you're in the car using the BT stereo or if you're listening to music with your BT earphones or to keep your phone unlocked at home but locked elsewhere). Sadly, it doesn't work with WiFi network detection in most stock versions, but since location uses WiFi information as well, it's not so bad.
    03-24-2016 03:09 PM
  14. beh's Avatar
    It isn't more secure from authorities such as the local police. In the only court case to date the court said that since the police can legally get your fingerprint without a warrant you can be forced to unlock a fingerprint secured phone but since a password can't be forced from you without a valid warrant you don't have to give it to the police.
    03-24-2016 03:12 PM
  15. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Secure doesn't equate to easily obtainable. A fingerprint is more secure than a password, just like a 256-digit password is more secure than an 8-digit one.
    03-24-2016 03:15 PM
  16. beh's Avatar
    Secure doesn't equate to easily obtainable. A fingerprint is more secure than a password, just like a 256-digit password is more secure than an 8-digit one.
    Well we can agree to disagree. No matter the actual degree of security, access to the security key is the final arbitor of "being secure". In reality data is only as secure as access to the security key.
    03-24-2016 03:23 PM

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