LastPass taps Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor for mobile biometric authentication

April 29, 2014 - 

LastPass is the latest third-party app to make use of the fingerprint sensor on Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone.

According to the company, users of the S5 can gain access to the LastPass Android app using fingerprint authentication.

LastPass stores all of a particular users passwords and with the new updated app, users can use the GS5 fingerprint sensor rather than type in a master password or PIN to access this data.

“In the wake of recent Internet security threats, we are excited to be able to provide our customers with another layer of biometric security, consistent with what we’ve done on the desktop for years,” Joe Siegrist, LastPass CEO and Co-Founder said.  “Using fingerprint authentication saves LastPass users time by eliminating the need to re-enter the master password, but more importantly, it provides an additional layer of security. Knowing that a personal fingerprint is the only route to access critical information stored in the LastPass app eases our customers’ minds and helps mitigate the risk for a potential security breach in the future.”

LastPass joins a growing list of third-party apps that have been granted access to the fingerprint sensor in Samsung’s Galaxy S5. This is an interesting trend because Samsung’s mentality surrounding its fingerprint sensor and its use is in stark contrast to Apple’s treatment of the iPhone 5S, which is only being used to unlock the device and to authorize iTunes purchases.

According to the company, the updated LastPass app is available for download in the Google Play Store.

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