In order to make life a little easier for those who can’t reach the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, Sammy added an iris scanner on the front of the phone.
With an iris scanning feature, the company believes that the hassles involved in trying to access the fingerprint scanner could be alleviated. However, since it’s just the second time the tech giant is using this feature on its flagship phones after it first appeared on the Galaxy Note 7, the company took the decision to equip the phones with a facial recognition feature that further aids in accuracy and reliability of the iris scanner.
At the time of launching Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the tech giant was quick to highlight the facial recognition feature. It noted that users will have the easiest of times when it comes to unlocking their phones as they’ll only need to pick up the phone, which will then detect the owner and give them access to what they want. But according to a new discovery, it seems this feature is not as secure as the company claims it to be.
Apparently, you can easily fool the facial recognition feature using a photo of the owner of the phone and immediately gain access to the Galaxy S8 or S8+. This has been tried and tested and apparently, there’s even a video doing rounds showing how this happens. As long as you have a photo of the person who owns the phone, the video confirms that you can easily bypass the facial recognition feature and gain access to the phone. Although it takes a few tries, eventually, the phone gets unlocked using a photo of the owner.
Given this discovery, we expect to see some improvements from Samsung, where the Galaxy S8 and S8+ should be able to tell between a real face and a photo. At least, this should happen before the phones are made available for purchase, otherwise, cases of stolen devices might be rampant.
Check out the video below: