The new facial recognition feature on the Samsung Galaxy S8 is not yet foolproof, according to Marcianophone bloggers, who managed to get their hands on an S8 and then succeeded in fooling the security feature using a selfie of the authorized user.
While Samsung has already acknowledged the fact that facial recognition technology on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus is not foolproof, it does come as a bit of a disappointment that a high-tech feature like facial biometrics can be spoofed with a simple photo.
Of course, iris recognition or fingerprint ID aren’t that easy to fool, and even PIN security seems to be more advanced at this point, and to be fair, Samsung does advise that you use alternate means of authentication to make your device more secure.
The functionality on the Galaxy S8 models that Samsung showcased at their unboxing event two days ago possibly don’t have the final version of the software, so it may be better when the phone actually ships. For now, we’ll have to give Samsung the benefit of the doubt.
Here’s a video from iDeviceHelp on YouTube that shows how the flaw can be exploited:
Biometric security has been around for a quite while now, but facial recognition – and all types of image recognition, in fact – are still in their nascent stages of development. It’s not the best way to authenticate yourself, as Samsung notes. That kind of software isn’t small enough to install on a phone at this point; you’d probably need something like an IBM Watson for that type of advanced feature.
In the final analysis, it’s clear that you can’t trust your own face to keep you secure, so the best thing to do is to use an alternate means of unlocking the device. If a selfie can fool the Galaxy S8, so can your twin sibling, theoretically!
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