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Both companies point towards facial recognition as future log-in

How much time is wasted on creating, managing, remembering, inevitably forgetting, and then resetting a password for your internet-based logins?

If Apple and Google have their way, that question may soon be a thing of the past.
The Times of India reports that both companies are working on more sophisticated and personal ways for users to log in to their various accounts, using facial recognition instead of an input character set.

Last week, Apple applied for a patent in the United States for technology called "Low Threshold Face Recognition." 

"Using a forward-facing camera to recognize an individual user, future iPhones and iPads from Apple could automatically customize applications, settings, and features to a user's personal preferences once they pick up the device," explains Apple Insider.

The patent differs from most current facial recognition, which can be a drain on the battery, by focusing on a "high information portion" of a user's face rather than their entire mug. In particular, the device will measure the distance between their eyes and mouth to confirm the user’s identity, giving new meaning to the phrase, "You're holding it wrong."

Meanwhile, Google's Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") comes equipped with face-recognition technology that unlocks a phone by detecting a user's face through its front-facing camera.

However, as PC Mag reports, the technology in its current form is actually less secure than a character-based PIN or password, as one blogger actually unlocked a Samsung Galaxy Nexus using a photograph of the user.

Sources: Times of India, PC Mag

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RE: Never for security, but...
By jRaskell on 1/3/2012 8:25:40 AM , Rating: 3
just try to remember something like 3 unqiue passwords used for increasingly important information?

My only contention here is that various service providers are constantly changing their password requirements.

Used to be just about any sort of password was acceptable, not very good.

Then passwords of a minimum 6-8 characters started to be required, getting better.

Then they started requiring at least one number character. Some also required at least one capitalized character, but this isn't universal.

The latest stumbling block I recently ran into was some service providers have started requiring at least one special character now, ie: *, &, $, #, !, etc.

Furthermore, we're going from 1 secret question to 3-5 secret questions.

Carry this out to it's logical conclusion, we're going to end up with 32+ character completely random passwords that are impossible to remember, and every single service provider is going to know our complete life history.

Nevermind the fact that no two providers have the same list of secret questions, and being a single person never married, half the questions I can't even answer.

Frankly, in some of these cases, dealing with the occasionally hacked account is easier than the inane security measures that are being put in place.

RE: Never for security, but...
By FaaR on 1/3/2012 11:03:43 AM , Rating: 2
You're single and didn't marry, and furthermore, your mother had no maiden name either, you didn't go to any school, you had no pets, and you're also completely color blind so you have no favorite color.

Thus, there's not a single secret question in the universe you'll be able to answer... ;)

RE: Never for security, but...
By nafhan on 1/3/2012 3:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you should check out keepass or lastpass. Both allow you to be more secure than you probably are now, and remove some of the hassle of dealing with inane password requirements.

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