Face Unlock on several Android smartphone models could be easily defeated by high resolution image of the owner.
After Face ID of iPhone X went public, many Android smartphones were immediately equipped with facial recognition feature to catch up with the chic innovation by Apple and attract customers. Although some brand name like Samsung and Huawei carried out research and proposed some highly secured recognition technology based on the state-of-the-art hardware but the majority of Android smartphones in the market only use simple selfie camera to recognize the owner’s image.
According to Techspot, Consumentenbond – a non-profit Dutch organization started experiments on facial recognizing feature on 110 smartphone models from several different brand names like Asus, BlackBerry, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Oppo and Xiaomi… The results were pretty surprising when there were up to 42 models easily being cheated by the image of owners with high resolution.
Moreover, 38% of the examined devices allowed harmful applications of the third parties to unlock the devices immediately through face recognition and have access to all data in those devices, from images to data, or confidential information such as bank accounts.
The terrifying thing was almost all smartphone manufacturers advertised their facial recognition technology to be a secured solution to protect users’ data, and replace the traditional unlocking method such as passcodes or patterns but in fact they are not yet completely secured.
Beside iPhone, the flagship and mid-range models by Samsung in 2018 also passed the test. Some other models also confirmed their security level like OnePlus, Huawei Mate 20 series, Motorola and the latest flagship of Asus, Honor, HTC and Oppo. Meanwhile a giant in security realm like BlackBerry made a disappointment when Key 2 was among the list of 42 devices less secured.