Synaptics: Fingerprint sensor to launch in 2018 For ‘Tier One’ Flagship

Synaptics is mulling to launch a “tier one” phone by 2018. The company’s customer phone features a finger sensor technology at par with other mobile rivals. Synaptics Incorporated is the leading company that develops human interface solutions.

Mobile users can expect the Synaptic’s soon to be announced phone demonstration come January next year. The “tier one” smartphone is expected to have a Clear ID technology that is far more secure that biometrics.

Also, Synaptic’s Clear ID optical sensors offer its customers a faster and convenient way to optimize mobile security. Earlier this week, the company hinted that its Clear ID fingerprint technology would go on mass production with a selected “top five” phone manufacturer.

How does Synaptic’s Clear ID works?

The company said that its Clear ID fingerprint sensor technology is specifically design for smartphones with infinity displays. The Clear ID in-display technology works by activating the in-display when needed.

“Clear ID is faster than alternative biometrics such as 3D facial, highly-secure with SentryPoint™ technology, and very convenient with one-touch/one-step biometric authentication directly in the touchscreen display area of smartphones,” Synaptics said in a press statement released on Tuesday, December 12.

“The new Synaptics Clear ID optical fingerprint sensors deliver one-touch high-resolution scanning through the full cover glass and enable sleek, button-free, bezel-free infinity displays,” the company added.

By January 2018, Synaptics will present a live demonstration of the Clear ID in-display fingerprint technology during the CES gathering. The live demonstration offers the audience how will the aforesaid technology work on various “tier one” smartphones.

Top 5 smartphone brands

Meanwhile, Synaptics has yet to name the phones that will use the Clear ID technology. However, some smartphone brands belong to the top five OEMs are Apple, Huawei, Oppo, Samsung, and Vivo.

“Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself,” Kevin Barber, SVP and GM of Synaptics’ mobile division told ZDNet.

HP Claims 500 Laptop Models Have Keylogger Bug

Keylogger installed in HP laptops raised a security concerned among HP users. The news comes from a report of security researcher that HP laptops contained a malicious bug. The malicious bug was identified to be a dormant keylogger.

 

Keylogger is a malicious program that can record or track all your activities using a computer. The deactivated keylogger in HP laptops poses a threat to thousands of its users. This means that a hacker can actually spy on them.

 

Aside from spying, hackers can steal their personal and confidential information. In short, keylogger is a nasty program that poses security threat to everyone.

 

Meanwhile, security experts claim that this dormant keylogger was found in nearly 500 HP laptop models. The presence of bug in these laptops has caused some level of inconveniences to HP users. Upon learning the situation, HP has issued a list that contains laptop models installed with deactivated the malicious bug.

In addition, HP also released a software update that fixes the bug in these HP models. The keylogger was found to be attached in the Synaptics software. What’s HP users should be thankful is that the nasty program is deactivated.  This means that a hacker must trigger the activation of the dormant malicious bug via administrative rights.

 

HP further said that the malicious bug can also affect almost of the Synaptics OEM partners. This means that all laptop brands that utilizes Synaptics might be affected as well.

 

“HP was advised of an issue that exists with Synaptics’ touchpad drivers that impacts all Synaptics OEM partners. HP uses Synaptics’ touchpads in some of its mobile PCs and has worked with Synaptics to provide fixes to their error for impacted HP systems, available in the security bulletin on HP.com. HP has no access to customer data as a result of this issue,” HP said in its statement.