Android Phone “Face Unlock” Feature Fooled by Picture

Looks like the Face Unlock feature on the new Galaxy Nexus is more of a novelty item than a security feature. In the video above you can see the phone being unlocked by a picture from another cell phone.

According to PacketStorm Security this could be a security risk, “With your face literally all over the internet (think Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), this could be a potentially serious flaw in Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich and unveiled last month in Hong Kong.”

Though facial recognition is cool, with smart phones already being touch sensitive, it would seem like finger print recognition (Like on the Motorola Atrix) would be a much better bet.

~ by D. Dieterle on November 12, 2011.

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