LastPass could be the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor killer app

April 29, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner 2

The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5 was not received with great enthusiasm by users and critics, but with added functionality from third-party developers, the feature could become quite compelling.

Following the launch of PayPal’s integration with the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, the password management service LastPass announced that S5 users will be able to log into the app – and, by extension, into any app or service whose password is stored with LastPass – with a simple swipe of their finger.

LastPass lets you save passwords for websites and Android apps onto its secure cloud; instead of having to memorize and recall unique passwords for every service, you only need to recall and type the password to LastPass. That’s still a small hassle that the fingerprint scanner integration will solve, starting with the latest update of LastPass for Android.

There’s a small catch – the Galaxy S5 fingerprint integration is only available through the LastPass Premium service, but, at just $1/month, it’s a very small price to pay for the convenience.

The promise of doing away with most passwords (LastPass can’t log you in some web apps, for instance) is extremely exciting, at least until better options come along. With LastPass on board, the Galaxy S5’s sensor turns from a somewhat gimmicky feature of questionable necessity to a truly value adding function that’s pretty much unique on mobile devices.

Check out LastPass for Android in the Play Store.

Comments

  • mobilemann

    i was super amped about this until i saw it was a monthly fee? Not like saved passwords / synced browsers aren’t a think on pretty much all smartphones now.

    • Mike – Construction Contractor

      How dare a company charge a monthly fee! Where Obama at – I need this for free!

    • Flip Jumpman

      Yea, although it’s cheap, I would rather pay it up-front and buy the app without dealing with another monthly charge adding to the list of monthly charges I personally (and others) have in our lives.

      Just pay and not have to deal with it…

      • Flip Jumpman

        I stand corrected. Looks like you can pay $12 for a year. Also, up to 10 years (?) too… Now that’s a commitment!

        • Flip Jumpman

          I stand corrected again. It’s $12 bucks for a year ‘premium service’ and then $1 per month additionally… So in the end, another monthly bill.

          I quit!

  • Phil Rigby

    LastPass give you quite a lot of stuff and features for free (I use it across Windows, Linux and Mac) and it works well. You’ve always had to pay for the Android app I believe, so that’s really no surprise, and $1 isn’t really a huge burden.

  • Mike – Construction Contractor

    I’ve been using SpashData (SplashID) for several years. I have over 250 entries. I want to stick with them, but I think the writing is on the wall. LastPass is most likely the way to go.

    But I am concerned with storing my data in the cloud.

  • Balraj

    store all my my passwords on your cloud service so that the other person……….nvm

    thanks but no thanks :D

    • Jason

      It’s highly encrypted, supports multi-factor authentication, and a ridiculous amount of security options. The password you use is part of the encryption key. Even if someone has your password, if you have 2-step verification turned on you can add another layer of security so they still can’t log in. It requires initial authorization, you get email notifications for any type of intrusion attempts/account changes. I mean…really. You should check out the site. If you are a really techy person, google search for Security Now Podcast Last Pass. They go into it in depth.