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Windows Hello just got fooled by a face photo

Windows Hello just got fooled by a face photo

As time goes on, biometric authentication is becoming more and more important. We've seen that in the rise of fingerprint scanners and facial recognition software, such as Windows Hello and Face ID on the iPhone X. Just how foolproof are these biometric authentication methods, though? In the case of Windows Hello, it may not be as secure as you thought.

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Samsung patent uses palm recognition for passsword hints

Samsung patent uses palm recognition for passsword hints

Fingerprint scanning is secure and reliable. 3D face recognition is fast but still in development. Samsung has the former and is reportedly working on the latter for the Galaxy S9. But why stop there? Indeed, a recently surfaced patent reveals that Samsung is toying with the idea of using palm recognition for a related purpose. No, it won’t unlock your phone using your unique palm lines. It will just help you remember your password or PIN code.

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iPhone X Face ID fooled by mom’s 10 year old son

iPhone X Face ID fooled by mom’s 10 year old son

The iPhone X’s new all-screen display and even its contentious notch have been sidelined by one new feature that may make its way into future iPhones and iPads. The attention, not to mention criticism, given to the phone’s Face ID biometric security isn’t exactly surprising. Humans have a tendency to be skeptical of new things, especially when new things initially promised the world in terms of security. And now they may have even more reason to be extra dubious of Face ID after a woman’s iPhone X was unlocked again and again by her 10 year old son.

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Galaxy Note 9 will go with under-display fingerprint scanner, says Kuo

Galaxy Note 9 will go with under-display fingerprint scanner, says Kuo

Ming-chi Kuo is more famous for his analysis and predictions on Apple products, though some think he's been losing steam of late. He has also dabbled on Android devices recently, and now he has word on what Samsung might be planning next year. While he thinks that Android devices are heading the way of Apple's Face ID and TrueDepth camera, Samsung is still pushing through, at least temporarily, with the under-display optical fingerprint sensor, which might debut in the Galaxy Note 9.

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Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is Vivo’s secret weapon

Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is Vivo’s secret weapon

Although fingerprint scanners hiding underneath glass displays is quite the hot topic in smartphones these days, the dream isn't actually new. It has been around a few years back and some even had nearly working solutions. One of those is Qualcomm and it is now reminding everyone of that. At MWC Shanghai, the mobile chip maker will be showing off its latest ultrasonic fingerprint scanner running underneath the display of an actual commercial smartphone. And, in a way, it will be showing Samsung what it might be missing out on.

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Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Smartphone makers have been trying to make it easier for users to secure their smartphones without having to remember strong passwords and PINs. But aside from the fingerprint, which itself isn't infallible, very few technologies have offered both security and convenience in a single package. Even Samsung concedes it won't use its own iris scanning as the only authentication for Samsung Pay, for example. Sony, however, might have something better in mind, one that involves not only your eyes or even your face but your entire head as well.

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Windows Hello authentication could come to Android, iOS

Windows Hello authentication could come to Android, iOS

When it comes to authentication systems, particularly those involving biometric sensors, Microsoft might be considered a latecomer to the party. That said, its Windows Hello platform might actually end up being the most pervasive in the end. That’s because, based on slides and statements made by the company during it recent Ignite 2016 conference, Windows Hello might actually work on more than just Microsoft’s devices, including Android phones and iPhones. When that will happen and to what extent, however, remains shrouded in uncertainty.

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iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

“Apple Picking”, referring to the spate of iPhone thefts a few years back, might no longer be as common, but unauthorized physical access to smartphones and mobile devices is still pretty much a thing. Apple, how has been very aggressive with anti-theft measures, has apparently filed a patent that takes things a step further. Based on the patent, an iPhone, under a set of circumstances, could collect biometric information as well as photos of an alleged thief. Or basically anyone trying and failing to unlock the smartphone.

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3D-printed fingerprints may help police access locked phones

3D-printed fingerprints may help police access locked phones

Law enforcement isn't happy about the rise of biometric phone security -- that is, fingerprint sensors -- because it is incredibly hard to bypass. To get around the pesky issue, police have turned to 3D-printing, requesting a lab recreate and 3D print a phone owner's fingerprints in a way that they can be used to unlock the phone. Though the 3D-printed fingerprints haven't yet been verified as functional, the issue has already raised a new round of criticism and privacy concerns.

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Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner to come from Patron

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner to come from Patron

That an upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone is rumored to have an iris scanner isn't exactly new. Those rumors have been circulating as far back as 2013, but never really came to pass in the 2015 models. Nth time's the charm right? That seems to be the case yet again for the Galaxy Note 7 (or Note 6 or Note 7 edge) but this time around, Korean media is giving a name to the manufacturer of said sensor. In this case, Korean camera module maker Patron is named as the source of the iris scanner that will grace the face of Samsung's next premium phablet.

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Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics is a name known to many in the industry as a company specializing in interface controllers, like laptop touchpads and mobile touchscreens. Lately, it has also been raising its profile in the biometrics markets, making such technology more accessible to device manufacturers and, therefore, users. Last February it announced a fingerprint sensor small enough to fit under a smartphone volume button. At Computex last week, it unveiled a fingerprint USB module that can give any desktop or laptop better security features.

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MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard is about to change the way you authenticate your mobile payments, and it’ll simply require the hardware your phone (probably) already has: a front-facing camera and/or a fingerprint sensor. The company has announced a newly developed mobile technology that, once launched, will allow customers in North America and parts of Europe to authenticate their payments by snapping a selfie or scanning their finger, eliminating the need for PINS, passwords, and other more vulnerable codes.

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