Turns out Samsung’s new facial recognition technology is nowhere near as secure as the company would have you believe.
A video posted on YouTube shows a person tricking the Galaxy S8 facial recognition system by taking a selfie on another phone and then pointing it at the Galaxy S8 to unlock it. As you can see in the video, the Galaxy S8’s facial recognition feature is easily fooled by the photo and allows access to the device. Google’s facial recognition system, which debuted with Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, suffered from the same “problem”. To counter it, Samsung made a few tweaks to the system in 2012, requiring users to blink before they could unlock their device. Unfortunately for Samsung, that didn’t prove to be a great idea either, as the new system too was bypassed by using two different photos – one with eyes open and another with eyes closed.
So if you’re planning to get the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ soon, we would recommend sticking to the more secure biometric solutions to unlock your device. In addition to a fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with an iris scanner as well, which should be the most secure of all the options available. The odd positioning of the fingerprint scanner could prove to be another reason why you might want to stick to the iris scanner mostly. Unlike the previous Galaxy flagship smartphones, the fingerprint scanner on the latest Galaxy flagship handsets is placed at the back, right next to the rear camera lens.
Via: The Verge