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Video shows Face Unlock on Galaxy Nexus tricked by photo

0. phoneArena 11 Nov 2011, 10:37 posted on

Google said it wouldn't be possible to trick Ice Cream Sandwich's new Face Unlock feature with a photo of a person, but new video is showing that it can be done...

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posted on 11 Nov 2011, 10:55 8

1. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Revolutionary....way to get your phone broken in to.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:10 7

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Like we haven't seen others *rolleyes *

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 12:34 6

14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah for sure.

"Excuse me sir, will you stand perfectly still and face this camera so I can take a picture of you to use to break into your phone?"

"Of course, I would love to stand perfectly still for 2-4 seconds so you can take that picture."

"Awesome, thanks. Now... can you leave your phone around so I can use my phone and this picture I just took of your face to break in?"

"Of course!"

"Yay!"

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 13:11 4

16. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


Why would they need to stand still for a photo, you could just use one off their facebook or something

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 14:01 3

19. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah, because that's a whole lot easier... my point is that it's not like the average person who wants to break into your phone is going to have access to a close up facial picture of you.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 10:48 1

30. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Your right the average person won't have access to this, but for those of us that have women in our lives that like to snoop around, this is an easy way for them to get at our private lives.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 14:03 4

20. roscuthiii (Posts: 1832; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


If you find the phone on the street, or perhaps in a bar... how in the world are you going to use their Facebook? Do you even know their name to look them up? Do you even know if that's the social networking site they belong to?.

And anyone that has direct contact with you and/or knows you that wants to break into your phone probably has the access/info to break into more then just your phone already.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 22:22 3

26. E.N. (Posts: 2329; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


You're definitely right. Strangers won't be able to get into your phones, but your friends and family will. Easily too.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 10:56 10

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Ha! I guess its just gonna be a fancy trick :) still think the best method was the fingerprint Reader on the atrix

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 17:56 4

24. choupino (Posts: 67; Member since: 28 May 2011)


I agree. I have the Motorola Atrix and the fingerprint scanner works FLAWLESSLY. I have never had an issue with it. I can unlock my device while driving without looking at it. There is also a great Android App I use called Gotya, that uses the front facing camera on your smartphone to secretly take a snapshot of someone that unsuccessfully tries to access your device and emails the picture, time and GPS coordinates of that failed access attempt.

I'll stick with my current security measures until the facial recognition guys get the kinks worked out of it.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:02 4

3. Alantef (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


is this gonna stop anyone from getting this phone....NO.....if someone wants to get into your phone that bad they will..... that's why you have apps like "Audio manager" doing so well (also known as hide it pro)

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:11 2

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Shhh that's our secret!

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:25 2

6. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lame...going to fail.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:26 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol. for the average person its secure. just dont get drunk n pass out or your friends could easily break into it.. lol. most people use the same number codes for everything so is 1 more secure than the other? maybe, but not by much for most. pattern lock.. ftw!

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:37 10

8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2677; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Of course a pattern unlock can often be easily gamed as well from the finger smudge left on the screen. Seems that biometrics are probably still the most secure. Come on, eyeball scanner!

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:48 1

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


HA! i dare you try that trick on my phone (anti glare screen protector) and the fingerprint scanner is much more awesome you have 10 different fingers to add more locks while only two eyes

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 13:34 2

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5854; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And why couldn't an iris scan be tricked as well? The reason that iris scans can't be 'tricked' is there is usually an operator operating the scanner who confirms that a live body is being scanned.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 16:05 1

22. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


screw that, lets just go right for the DNA.. pin prick every time u wanna unlock your phone!! lol.

actually.. that would suck. lol

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 12:12 1

11. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


The password option is the most secure. Password > pin > pattern

Also, what if someone snatches the phone from you then points it at your face as you try to get it back? lol

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 13:36 2

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5854; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


IMO password combined with device wipe after n failed attempts is the most secure. There are brute force password cracking applications that can hack passwords in minimal time.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 16:53 1

23. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


not really.. the vast majority of people use important dates like a childs birthday or an anniversary. People tend to put that info online so it doesnt take but a minute or 2 for a would be hacker to have a few viable codes ready to try.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 00:31

27. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5854; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Which is why you need to combine password with device wipe after n failed attempts. The fewer failed attempts before device wipe occurs, the more secure is the password.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 04:28

28. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol. a device wipe? that's a lil extreme. whatcha got hiding on your phone? :)

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 07:00

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Not such a good idea, someone will type your pass wrong several times just to whipe your phone and being an ass

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 13:27 1

31. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5854; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


@remix - some people have Internet banking/brokerage/other financial data passwords on their handset. That kind of info getting into the wrong hands would kind of rain on the handset owner's parade.... :-)

@protozeloz - services such as Lookout Premium backup everything that is on your handset. Restoring to the prior day's condition is pretty trivial. The only loss would be whatever was entered locally that didn't get backed up before the handset was messed with. Although if a handset owner were dumb enough to leave their handset unattended so that someone could mess with the password and wipe the handset, they deserve to experience the frustration of recovering their handset. Just have to experience it once, then priorities get re-ordered. :-)

So far, wipe after n failed attempts seems to be the most secure model.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 12:24 1

12. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I crack pattern locks

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 13:00 2

15. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Can I have your autograph?

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:58 3

10. BReND0 (Posts: 60; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


You people read into this stuff too much.........
Heres a perfect point, for all you android fans out there ;)
you can argue that the Samsung Galaxy Note and Nexus Cameras are SOO GOOD AND CLEAR, that the picture taken is like the real deal , lol

take that iphone 4s.....
just thought that was funny

but yeah truly tho, unless the person who stole your phone off the bar, off a counter , in a spot you left it, honestly has photos of you , which i doubt, why would it matter..........
now if you are sneaking around, and ur girl or man finds it ...uh oh

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 12:32

13. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Google will having it working with no problem i have trust in them

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 14:31 1

21. CrazyEyes (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


Could someone Face Unlock the release date already? Or is it password protected?

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 21:29 1

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


It seems to vary quite a few times, for example Philip tried with no success
http://bit.ly/tqWGhu
Maybe it's a versión thing?

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 15:59

32. Carlitos (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


The Atrix seems to be the only one, so far with a secure locking mechanism, fingerprint scanner. I have one and o easily unlock it in school inside my pocket and turn down my volume, because I forget all the time.

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 13:53

33. saiful10 (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Wounder full its make me hot...

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 01:45

34. netdemon143h (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


So basically what you are telling me is that if i wanted my facial unlock to be secure i have to carry a pic of a person who no one knows in my pocket at all times!! oh well nice try Google please work more on UI and leave the facial detection software to the DOD.

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