Facial recognition is in fashion. I do not know if it’s that everyone is working at Apple’s impulse, or maybe Tim Cook and the rest are able to sense the right moment for introduction of new technology to their products. Either way, everyone will begin to consider the possibility of introducing facial recognition systems. One of the first will be Facebook, which is already testing this technology as a way to verify the user during password recovery process.

Biometric security have it all to themselves that are either good and complicated or cheap. This is often the case with face recognition systems used in smartphones. The topic began after a video showing that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be unlocked with a photo of the user. Therefore, it will take some time before these solutions completely replace the traditional authorization methods. Facebook is currently experimenting with face recognition for the account unlocking process.

The system used by Facebook has nothing to do with Face ID from Apple.

Apple has applied a very advanced face recognition solution based on the analysis of 30 thousand points. This creates an advanced mathematical model of the face that is then compared to the pattern stored in the phone’s memory. This system uses the TrueDepth camera, which for the time being is available only in the awaited iPhone X. So advanced facial recognition system does not have any other smartphone or laptop. Therefore, the solution used by Facebook must be based on the standard analysis of photos taken with the front camera.

Facebook does not want to run into Samsung’s similarities. Especially since the account for this site is often used to log on to other sites. Therefore, face recognition will be used as an alternative to two-step verification via SMS when recovering passwords. This feature will be available only on devices that were previously used to log into your account. In addition, Facebook will perform an analysis that verifies the user’s identity not only on the basis of a profiled image, but will also use the photos and recordings on which we were tagged.

Source: TechCrunch