Everyone is jumping on the facial recognition bandwagon nowadays it seems. First Android a few years ago, then Microsoft with Windows Hello, then Android again with the Galaxy S8, then Apple with FaceID and now Facebook is getting in on the party with the addition of facial recognition to its apps.
NEW! Facebook working on a facial recognition feature to help secure your account
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More photos of Facebook’s new Face Recognition feature setup
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In a new bit of UI currently being tested by Facebook, the firm is now offering users who have locked out their accounts the option to authenticate themselves via their face. It’s not currently known how secure this is, as Facebook will be checking with your previously captured and tagged pictures and not capturing data from your face as Windows Hello, Samsung’s IR scanner and TouchID currently do. One could hypothetically tag themselves as someone else in this scenario, and then use the facial authentication to let themselves in. Of course, you’ll need a device that’s previously accessed Facebook with that account, which serves to make it more secure than if you could do it on any device.
In a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook confirmed the report, further stating:
“We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process. This optional feature is available only on devices you’ve already used to log in. It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that we’re taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.”
With the ubiquity and utility of Facebook (Fake news controversies notwithstanding), keeping access to a Facebook account can be invaluable for many. While this is most likely going to be controversial, if eventually implemented, it will surely be useful.