Facebook Testing Facial Recognition for Account Recovery

Facebook tests the use of facial recognition for account recovery

Facebook tests the use of facial recognition for account recovery

The facial recognition feature appears to be in a closed test and potentially may have been inspired by Apple's Face ID tech making its debut in the iPhone X, due for release in November.

The company confirmed, "We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process". In both cases, Facebook will help its users regain control of the account by just using their face identity.

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Currently, Facebook uses two-factor authentication checks - a text message or email - to help users retrieve passwords or recover accounts. Until there's a real standard baseline in terms of camera and other sensor quality, the feature might be relatively easy to defeat by hackers. The process of recovering a Facebook account after you forget the password isn't hard but the social media network could soon make things a lot easier. If this method is secure enough for daily log-in scenarios, we expect this method to become the preferred verification method that Facebook users will opt for.

The feature is designed as an alternative to the text or email verification tools used to reset passwords and is now being trialled on a "small number" of users. If it deems you are a match, your profile will be unlocked. The social media site will use the image from the scan and compare it to other photos and videos.

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In the past, Facebook has received some criticism for its facial recognition feature for photo tagging options but this newly introduced tool would only be helping you secretly. But, facial recognition puts Facebook into unknown waters as a major privacy concern.

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