We are all aware that smartphone security options such as fingerprint scanners and facial recognition aren’t 100% secure. This has been proved further with the case of the Nokia 9 PureView, which appears to have been unlocked by a pack of chewing gum.
As per a couple of tweets, the Nokia 9 PureView is reportedly getting unlocked via unidentified fingerprints of another user and a pack of chewing gum.
While there is no explanation as to why the in-display fingerprint scanner is acting awry, it is suggested that this technical glitch could be due to the recent Nokia 9 Pureview update, which came out before the issues were reported.
Video of the fingerprint sensor unlocking phone with a packet of chewing gum and someone else's finger pic.twitter.com/jwY4ZG7uCh
— Decoded Pixel (@decodedpixel) April 21, 2019
However, there is no confirmation whether the software update is causing issues with the in-display fingerprint scanner.
For those who have forgotten, this is not the first smartphone to face security issues due to fingerprint scanning; a recent report popped up which suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’s ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner could be fooled by the use of a fake 3D fingerprint.
Another such case involved the iPhone X, whose 3D Face ID could be duped by a 3D print mask.
While we know that biometric authentication of a smartphone is never entirely secure, companies should take up ways to enhance it further to ensure the privacy of a user.
We hope Nokia fixes this issue as soon as possible.