The Samsung Galaxy Nexus announcement was filled with excitement and long awaited news. After months of hype and rumors, we got to see everything the device and Ice Cream Sandwich have to offer. One of the most interesting features was Face Unlock, which uses face recognition technology to unlock the device.
This sounds amazing, and it’s definitely cool to show off to your friends. It might be a great conversation starter. But is it really secure? Security is a big deal for smartphone users. These devices hold some of our most important information — credit card info, accounts, social networks, phone numbers, etc.
After taking a look at this new face recognition feature, people have been wondering how safe it is. It sounds like something right out of a spy movie. But the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’s Face Unlock is nothing like that; it’s meant to be more of a novelty, rather than a high security protection system.
There are several ways to bypass the Face Unlock screen. One of the most simple ways to do this is by using a picture. Soyacincautv (YouTube) was at the announcement, and tried this trick out.
Yes, my friends, it seems to work. The user was able to unlock a Galaxy Nexus by using a picture of the person that the device was programmed to recognize (himself). You can see this in action if you watch the video posted below.
Does this mean the feature is not secure? To a certain extent, it isn’t. Like with everything else, there are tricks you can use to get around an obstacle. Is it easy, though? Will a thief be able to do it? The fact is that if your device gets lost or stolen, the person in possession of the phone will probably not have a picture of you or even know what you look like.
The feature is probably still safe enough, unless the person trying to access it is someone close to you. It seems this feature is not as developed as we would hope. It’s very buggy and would not work during the announcement (probably due to the lighting). Google should be improving Face Unlock in future updates and will probably make it more secure, as well.
Check out the video and let us know what you think. What is your favorite way of unlocking your device? Do you prefer security over convenience and fun?