A very challenging situation has come up for the smart cell phone feature of facial recognition. Forbes exposed a 3-D printed head, customized according to the user’s head to a variety of cell phones which claim impenetrability. The final model of the 3D printed head was out at a cost of only £300. The 3D printed head was now tested with at least four Android sets and iPhone X. All the Android phones failed to pass the test in proper recognition of the copy of the person’s face and unlocked with an ease. The Android phones used for the test were namely, LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung S9, Samsung Note 8 and OnePlus 6. The hottest and the most used handsets of the world that run on Google’s operating software were so easy to get through.
iPhone X, on the other hand, could not be unlocked. The phone that claimed proper security has stood to the expectations. The infra-red depth mapping and high-end attention awareness technic of the cellular set are the main features which recognize the difference between fake and true facial attributes. The infra-red feature is still good, but the attention awareness programme installed in iPhone X is enough to get to the difference. The technology catch-holds the inability of the 3-D printed head to move.
The results of the short experiment to check the security provided by the phones used most likely now has proved that iPhone X’s security system is far better than those the Androids’. Even with the sophisticated designs, the phone cannot be unlocked, keeping it safe from the intruders.
For the other phones, a number of cases have been encountered where the facial recognition systems have been fooled by photographs and people having similar facial structures. So, if you are an Android phone user, then think twice. Even though these Android phones failed the test miserably, it is said that most manufacturers of smartphones have been serving notices regarding the activation of facial unlock which is a feature that isn’t secure completely. This feature is more towards the convenience side of the features as opposed to a security option. Many Android manufacturers advise their customers to opt for passcode for double security added to the smartphone.
The security testers for such features insist that the users opt for a combination of various features to safeguard the phone’s content. A combination comprised of passcode, fingerprint reader, and facial unlock just might get the job done.