jueves, 6 de junio de 2013

Facial Passwords? No, Thanks!

I just finished reading this article here about Google filing a patent for a new facial password technology.  Apparently, Google is considering the idea of including this technology into its Android devices.

What's it about?  Basically, your device will count with some sort of face recognition software that will serve the purpose of unlocking it.  Wait, the new part is that the software will ask you to perform several facial gestures to prove that you are not a photograph.

It may ask you to stick your tongue out, to smile widely, to frown...

Interesting, soon you will see a train full of people who won't show a sign of emotion to each other, but will do it to their phones or tablets!  :P

Now, apart of the silliness involved into making faces to your phone, I still don't see this technology as a security improvement.  Are they 100% sure all this effort means a safer way to unlock a device?  If it is not, I guess at least it is fun!

Let me ask, what's wrong with passwords anyway?  It seems that the trend now is to get away from them.  Is it that people are too lazy to remember them?  Is it that it is too bothersome to type them?

Hey, passwords are good for your brain!

I prefer those good ol' passwords to these emerging technologies.

4 comentarios:

  1. They'll be introduced into the government, at which point government employees will have to get a face transplant (or a nose job at minimum) every 90 days for security reasons :P.
    a Linux Mint user since 2009 May 1

    1. @PV,
      Hahaha! You said it first!

      On a different note, no wonder why Google wants you to use your real name for all of their services. If they get you to use a picture too, then they can build a huge face database. Scary.

    2. @Mechatotoro: Oh snap, you're absolutely right! Clearly I couldn't put 2 and 2 together (i.e. connect why they wanted real names and faces).
      a Linux Mint user since 2009 May 1

    3. That...plus spying from FBI and you have a beautiful Orwellian world!