Technology is just getting smarter with each day. Soon we’ll see a day of artificial intelligence rampant. Just consider what the new Android Jelly Bean can do. Google had introduced the Face Unlock security system for the Android way back for the Ice Cream Sandwich. At that point, though it received a lot of pats of the back for its James Bond like innovation, some imaginative people pointed out that with a photograph of the user, the security could be breached.
Which is why Google now introduces in the Jelly Bean something called the Liveliness Check. You can’t get away with flashing a photograph, now the Android checks to see if you are in fact alive while you are trying to unlock the phone. Unless you’re in the Harry Potter world, where photos could blink, we see this as a definite improvement on the Face Unlock feature.
Another significant change from the Ice Cream sandwich is that you get locked out if you have too many failed tries. The Sandwich let you have unlimited tries – a phone thief’s ultimate dream. But with the Jelly Bean, no longer is it so easy. If you happen to lock yourself out, you’ll have to go through the entire alternate locking procedure which you set up while configuring the Face Unlock. It makes the Android a lot more secure, without doubt, but perhaps slower to unlock as well, considering the phone has to find your eyes apart from recognizing your face.
If you love how you look, you wouldn’t mind this, but if you’re in a rush to see your mail, you probably would not like to use this too often. It is cool, no doubt, but is this foolproof? No, just as any security measure for anything in the entire world is not. You could probably play back a video with your face and few blinks and unlock the phone, and if you could, so could anyone else who has a video of you. There is also the likelihood that someone who looks extremely similar to you can open up your phone. We suggest using this as a conversational piece, something cool to show off, and have fun with. If you’re thinking of storing all your important data with only a face recognition and liveliness check as a security measure, think again.
Google has not claimed it is anything more than experimental, anyway. And if Google says so itself, it is probably a good idea to listen!
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