Now Selfies Can Be Used as Passwords

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A new app called FaceCrypt can secure data on your iPhone and iPad using a picture of your face instead of the usual complex alphanumeric password.

There are also optional security features that require users to blink to prove that they are human or to prevent an unauthorized user from holding a photo of the owner up to the phone’s camera to break into the device.

FaceCrypt’s website acknowledges that poor lighting and even new facial hair may impede facial recognition, so if you grew a mustache for Movember, you should probably input a new photo that your device will recognize.

(h/t New York Post)

14 comments
backofthemuse
backofthemuse

HEY LOSERS,

The writer never said using facial recognition as a password is a new thing, just that it can be used on iPhones now...which is true, and which is a fact; the writer is delivering facts and that is her job. So what are you old farts complaining about?

SO annoying 

cardoctor
cardoctor

My 4-year old Asus laptop that I'm using right now has this facial recognition password capability. And it works flawlessly, too. I have no idea where this writer has been lately. WAKE UP!!! 

PopMusicGrl
PopMusicGrl

My mediocre photoshopping skills can still get around the "blinking" requirement.  Not a good idea to use for a password.

ZombieJohnGotti
ZombieJohnGotti

We bought some fairly inexpensive laptops with this same time capabilities years ago just like they have had fingerprint readers for years.  I think these things get hype because many of these writers are young and think everything they've never heard of is new.

saltthewalt
saltthewalt

Wait, I've had this on my phone for years now.  Is it news now just because it's available as a separate app for iphones?  This is genuine reporting, or should I say advertising?

kcooper
kcooper

Exactly @geoffrey.melle , this is why i hate apple fanboys/girls, android has had this feature STOCK on there phones, not on a separate app, for awhile now. But now that apple has it, its "the best new thing." Give me a break.

geoffrey.melle
geoffrey.melle

This feature has been available on android phones for over a year and a half. Its called facial recognition. This author is clearly someone stuck in the apple closet and has no idea what's going on in the tech world outside of all the white walls of apple. Let's report some NEWS. Keyword is NEW

Hotsnshots
Hotsnshots

So... I can make a GIF and that'll easily crack open the phone.  Lovely...

EliasChanSui
EliasChanSui

Biometrics aren't passwords. They are usernames.

cardoctor
cardoctor

@backofthemuse Wow, really. Then get out of iPhones' neighborhood for a minute and try to look around. Google used and experimented with this technology with Android phones a long time ago. And it's their own, unlike iPhones' which is not a native apps. What going on with iPhones these days? Tell the writer to write something new, please? This is not news anymore, LOL :O

mr.xabache
mr.xabache

@EliasChanSui Nope they are passwords - unique to the user that is authenticating. If you can not be authenticated by your face you have the option of authenticating via password.