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Fingerprint security convenient, but not flawless

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor for security but is alone in letting you use that for general shopping.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor for security but is alone in letting you use that for general shopping.Manu Fernandez /Associated Press

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BARCELONA — Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it’s alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.

The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. But fingerprint security isn’t foolproof.

Here’s what to know as you consider whether to place your trust in it:

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