Facial recognition seems to be the new biometric authentication method tech companies are rolling with lately. Windows Hello on your PC, Face ID on the upcoming iPhone X, and now Facebook may be adding facial recognition to their platform. Adding this feature to Facebook would help users quickly access their accounts should they be locked out. Facebook did confirm to Techcrunch that they are indeed working on such a feature.
“We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process. This optional feature is available only on devices you’ve already used to log in. It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that were taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.”
The director of social media at The Next Web, Matt Navarra, managed to get a screenshot of what is supposed to be the interface of Facebook’s new project.
NEW! Facebook working on a facial recognition feature to help secure your account
h/t Devesh Logendran pic.twitter.com/demol4dKj1
— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) September 29, 2017
Facebook is currently beta testing the new feature and there’s no word on when or if it will be rolled out. Personal security and protection of personal data are getting more important every day. Though there’s also the other side of the coin as companies like Facebook continue to gain more information on its users. Some fear what companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook will do with the information that is being gathered about them. We already know that most of these companies use some of that data to target ads and suggestions to them but how much further could it go? For now, users just have to trust the companies they give their business to will have their best interests in mind.
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