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Samsung and PayPal Team Up to Make Use of the Galaxy S5’s Fingerprint Scanner

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Yesterday’s announcement of the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner was exciting, but PayPal had something else in store. Samsung introduced fingerprint authentication for mobile payments and PayPal is jumping on board. 

PayPal is one of the most trusted names in online buying and selling and them announcing their support of Samsung’s new venture is a big one. Adding in this fingerprint technology will allow PayPal users to log into their account without remembering any passwords. This new addition will work for in-store and mobile transactions, so wherever you buy you can be sure that you are safe.

For those worried about their fingerprint being sent to PayPal, they explained the system “a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal’s servers.”

PayPal says that this new feature will be going live in April and at the start will be accessible in 26 markets worldwide including the US, UK and Australia to name a few. With PayPal’s global reach you can expect that number to grow quickly.

Via: PayPal
  • rb

    We have a fingerprint scanner system at work for self checkout at open vending machines. I was skeptical at first but it is definitely quick and easy. Not sure how this translates to the phone arena but I’d say it could be a hit.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    I hate hipsters…..

  • MI95SHO

    At least Samsung ditches the flat gloss back so your fingerprints weren’t as easily lifted…

  • Drew

    I LOVE MY MOTO X. I LOVE MY NEXUS 5. BEST PHONE EVA OMG. SCREW YOU SAMSUNG.

  • Nick

    Calling Paypal a “trusted name” is like calling the NSA a “trusted organization”.

    I doubt anyone here trusts Paypal and only uses them because they’re forced to.

    • michael arazan

      The only reason I ever used paypal was for ebay, and that was all.

  • Chris Hughes

    I’ve never understood the fascination with the tap to pay or quick payment methods. Even with Wallet I don’t get it.

    It all seems like “cool” tech that is just a solution waiting for a problem.

    Am I the only one that just doesn’t have the issue where if I don’t trim those extra seconds it takes to swipe a card through a reader I feel inconvenienced?

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Same here, except I use cash mostly. I’m not sure exactly what problem these services are trying to solve.

  • bogy25

    I want her

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Gives ‘tap and pay’ a whole new meaning, doesn’t it? :)

  • Cael

    So when will I be able to use Paypal to tap and pay anywhere besides Home Depot?

  • Proioxix

    Wonderful, Paypal will now have your fingerprints. The same company that gives out your personal card information to people who don’t provide sufficient information. I laughed when I read “Paypal is one of the most trusted names in online buying and selling.” Paypal won’t let you have anymore more than 20 characters for your password, why would anyone in their right mind give a company like that their fingerprints.

    • HarleyFan72

      For those worried about their fingerprint being sent to PayPal, they explained the system “a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal’s servers.”

      • Proioxix

        And you believe them. I laugh.

  • eirrom

    I stop reading the article / press release when it stated “PayPal is one of the most trusted names in online buying and selling”. Done.

    • Ron H

      You stopped reading? Really? Because it is. Name one that has more exposure and is more trusted.

  • Disqus_n00b

    The PayPal app is so bad. It’s not about payments but trying to entice you with “local offers”. And the FEES!

    I’ll use my 4-digit Wallet PIN that only I know thx..

  • EdubE24

    Now that seems really useful!!

  • David Narada Brown

    Seems like a decent option

  • Ryan N

    Honestly, after one or two uses the novelty will wear off and real mobile payment users will go back to Wallet.

    • Tim242

      C’mon Ryan. At best, Google Wallet tap & pay is just a novelty. I use it often, but I admit it is mostly for reaction. It is not easier than a card swipe. There also aren’t a ton of places to use it.

      • Ryan N

        It’s the preferred payment for me… although as you said, tap and pay retailers are still relatively few. I may lay off the Google wallet once the Coin Card ships this summer. It’s convenient in how it uses already existing POS Equipment at retailers.

        • Tim242

          I’m not sure that Coin will actually launch. I think Visa/MC are raising concerns. Plus, you will have some retailers that won’t accept it. For swipes, they sometimes look for the signature on the back, or the name on the card. Then, there may be some that won’t take it for security reasons. It’s too easy to load up someone else’s card. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.

          • Ryan N

            I had the same concern myself. I contacted coin and they told me that upon launch that there would be a 1-800 number for retailers to contact if there is ever any question of the cards legitimacy. of course I will wait to see how things go before buying in. But you’re correct, it remains to be seen.

  • The Narrator

    We don’t even know how good it works yet. Being hopeful is good though.