Facial recognition technology involves using algorithms to identify people based on their faces. Distinctive details about people’s faces are compiled into “face templates,” which are then stored in a database and used to find facial matches,
Facial recognition is quickly being deployed by many companies for various purposes, such as authenticating identity (unlocking smart phones) and identifying people in photos. Other uses include using the data to track people’s location and behavior. Facial recognition technology also can detect people’s emotions – an ability that could be used to manipulate people.
A recent study by TeleSign revealed that many people engage in some troublesome password practices. Some of the most alarming findings from the report include:
— 73% of accounts use duplicate passwords.
— Nearly half of consumers have a password they haven’t changed in 5+ years
— “Consumers have an average of 24 online accounts, but use only 6 unique passwords.”
— “Only 30 percent of consumers are confident that their passwords will protect the security of their online accounts.”
These findings demonstrate why better authentication is needed. Enforcing good password practices is tremendously difficult. People have so many passwords that they must memorize, and if they must be long and complex, this compounds the challenge. Alternative means of authentication — such as two-factor authentication — should be explored, as they can be affordable and efficient.