Facebook reportedly tests facial recognition to recover your account

Facebook to introduce 'facial recognition' for enhanced security

Facebook is testing the use of facial recognition as a way of enabling people to regain access to their accounts if they get locked out. Facebook said the feature is optional and only available on devices that users have already used to log into their accounts.

Currently, Facebook uses two-factor authentication checks - a text message or email - to help users retrieve passwords or recover accounts.

Such new feature could come in handy, especially for those who are overseas and do not have their local SIM to retrieve two-factor authentication SMS.

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Secondly, it's likely that people with access to your pictures could try to hack their way into your account using a photo in case face-based authentication would be a Facebook thing. It's not now known how secure this is, as Facebook will be checking with your previously captured and tagged pictures and not capturing data from your face as Windows Hello, Samsung's IR scanner and TouchID now do.

We will post as soon as the new feature rolls out. With this new tech, users can log-in by just looking at their phone. The social media site will use the image from the scan and compare it to other photos and videos. If the feature proves to be reliable and can not be fooled by hackers, it may be made available to wider audience.

Facebook, meanwhile, is working on its own facial recognition feature. The feature is ultimately created to help Facebook users confirm their identity easily.

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Everyone is jumping on the facial recognition bandwagon nowadays it seems.

Overall, Facebook explains if the feature is helpful to users and hackers are unable to crack their codes, Facebook could potentially expand the program.

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