Face recognition is a recent method that smartphone developers use for increased security. It allows the user to unlock their phone by simply looking at it. Expert cybersecurity companies know that convenience often leads to vulnerability. As nice as face recognition can be, smartphone users are beginning to discover ways that it can compromise your security.

Permanence

One of the reasons that cybersecurity companies and researchers warn against this feature is because it’s hard to change your information in the case of a breach. However, there are still other ways to break into your phone outside of a facial recognition lock. If someone were to get in, it would be a lot more challenging to secure your device again. You can’t change your face the same way you can change your password.

Loopholes

The technology behind face recognition is advanced. The device stores a very detailed, three-dimensional photograph of your facial features. You can be recognized even with new facial hair or in the dark. For the more advanced phones, even a photocopy of your face will not unlock it. However, an identical twin could have just the right facial features to trick your device. This could lead to potential data breaches.

Liability

If your company’s sensitive data were to become compromised through a face recognition feature, it would be hard to hold the phone firm liable for damages. This is because smartphones provide a variety of secure authentication tools that could have been employed to protect data. It’s important to understand what could be at stake for your business before opting for employees to use face recognition on their work devices.

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Sources:

https://this.deakin.edu.au/innovation/facial-recognition-id-how-safe-is-your-face

https://www.livemint.com/Technology/T4CcI7ZfnvWiWKyoOPM5mK/Your-face-can-unlock-your-smartphone-But-is-it-safe.html