Samsung Galaxy phones are an important asset in the face of the increase in smartphone thefts in urban areas. In the following lines, learn how to use Secure Folder to Put an additional password in the applications of banks and other companies that deal with financial transactions. The secure folder space is private and encrypted inside the smartphone, in order to Save information and applications away from malicious third party access. Learn how to configure Secure Folder and also how to add an additional password for banking apps in the following tutorial.
Although the feature is present on most of the brand’s devices, some simpler Galaxy devices may not have Secure Folder. It was first implemented by Samsung in 2016 on the Galaxy Note 7. The cell phone used in the tutorial below was the Samsung Galaxy S10E with Android 12 and One UI 4.1.
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Secure Folder adds an extra layer of protection, even if the device is stolen with the screen unlocked – Image: Reproduction / Willian Rodrigues
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Step 1. The Secure Folder can be set as a system application. As for its configuration, there are two ways: The easiest is via the shortcut in the Control Center. Just drag the bar down and keep your finger on the “Secure Folder” icon.
Secure Folder Location and Settings Shortcut – Image: Reproduction / Willian Rodrigues
The second method is through the device settings. When you get there, search for “Biometrics and Security” and then click on “Secure Folder.”
Secure Folder Settings. – Photo: clone / Willian Rodrigues
Step 2. It is necessary for the user to create or access their own Samsung account. Select one of the blocking options to enter the settings. This option can be changed later.
Step 3. Go to Block Type and select an option. Biometrics are usually sufficient. When the “Fingerprints” item is enabled, the Secure Folder will recognize the fingerprints already registered on the cell phone. It is also necessary to record the unlock code in case the biometrics are not working properly.
Determine the type of unlocking used in Secure Folder. – Photo: clone / Willian Rodrigues
Step 4. If the user wants to add an extra layer of security, just activate the “Custom Fingerprint”. Under “Selected fingerprint”, choose the fingerprint that will be assigned to the Secure Folder. It is also possible to register a new fingerprint. Fingerprint access is to open the Secure Folder app, access the built-in apps, or access the folder from the locked screen.
You can check the finger associated with the name by clicking on “Verify Added Fingerprints”. – Photo: clone / Willian Rodrigues
How to protect banking applications in Secure Folder
The first thing to say is that Secure Folder does not copy the information of applications that will be added to the protected area. In practice, the user will install a second application on the smartphone. That is why it is important to pay attention to the procedures of your bank for taking login information, password, etc. for this new environment. Keep in mind that you will need to sign in to all of them again.
Add apps to Secure Folder – Photo: Cloning / Willian Rodrigues
Step 1. Tap on the “+” sign at the top of the screen. You will be presented with options to install the app from the Play Store or Galaxy Store, and a list of the apps already installed on your phone will be shown below. Simply search for the application in the list, click on its icon and then “Add”. The application installed inside the folder is independent of the external application. It’s okay if you want to delete the version of the banking app that is outside the secure folder.
It is possible to customize Secure Folder to hide it, because the name of the folder itself can attract the attention of malicious people who can access your Galaxy. And even if the trick is caught and the folder is found, it will still be safe with the configured locking method.
How to customize Secure Folder – Photo: cloning / Willian Rodrigues
The first step. Find the three dots at the top of the folder and click “Custom”. It is possible to change the name, choose one of 12 color options and change the icon, with 21 possibilities, between blurred and unattractive variations. Be creative.
How to Hide Secure Folder – Photo: cloning / Willian Rodrigues
Step 2. The folder can also be hidden. Simply go to the Secure Folder settings, as shown at the beginning of the tutorial, to deselect the “Add Secure Folder to the Applications screen” option. Then press Hide. There is also a shortcut that speeds up this procedure. In the notification bar, uncheck the Secure Folder icon. Note that if the folder is customized, the name displayed in this bar will be the name the user chooses while the icon will remain the original.
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You can add a shortcut to applications saved in Secure Folder. Simply open the widget, hold your finger on the app icon for a few moments, then choose “Add to screen. You will be prompted for additional biometrics or password when the user tries to open the app.”
It is possible to add application shortcuts to the home screen of a smartphone – Photo: Reproduction / Willian Rodriguez
You can also move documents and files to the secure folder to keep them away from unwanted eyes. This is just one of the methods used to hide private photos, for example. The process is similar to that used with apps and ensures user privacy.
Finally, Secure Folder can be deleted if the user is not satisfied with the available options. Despite this, this procedure does not make life easier for the “thief”, since accessing the Secure Folder settings requires an alternate biometric password (PIN, password or pattern).
How to uninstall Secure Folder – Photo: clone / Willian Rodrigues
Step 1. In Secure Folder settings, go to “More settings” and then click on “Uninstall”. All of its content will be kept in Samsung cloud if the backup is configured previously. If not, a folder containing the contents of the Secure Folder will be created on the system.
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