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 1 month ago '17        #1
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Google Pixel 4 Face Unlock works if eyes are shut
 

 
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oogle has confirmed the Pixel 4 smartphone's Face Unlock system can allow access to a person's device even if they have their eyes closed.

One security expert said it was a significant problem that could allow unauthorised access to the device.

By comparison, Apple's Face ID system checks the user is "alert" and looking at the phone before unlocking.

Google said in a statement: "Pixel 4 Face Unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric."

Speaking before the launch, Pixel product manager Sherry Lin said: "They are actually only two face [authorisation] solutions that meet the bar for being super-secure. So, you know, for payments, that level - it's ours and Apple's."

On Tuesday, BBC News tested the Face Unlock feature on the new Pixel 4.


Using the default settings, the phone still unlocked if the user pretended to be asleep.

The test was repeated on several people, with the same result.

Images of the Pixel 4 leaked before launch showed a setting labelled: "Require eyes to be open," in the facial-recognition menu.

However, this setting was not present on the devices loaned to BBC News.

And Google told BBC News it would not feature on the Pixel 4 when it went on sale, on 24 October.

"If someone can unlock your phone while you're asleep, it's a big security problem," said cyber-security expert Graham Cluley.

"Someone unauthorised - a child or partner? - could unlock the phone without your permission by putting it in front of your face while you're asleep," he told BBC News.

"I wouldn't trust it to secure the private conversations and data on my phone."

Google's Pixel 4 support website tells customers: "Your phone can also be unlocked by someone else if it's held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed."

It says concerned customers can switch on "lockdown" mode - which deactivates facial recognition - when they want enhanced security.

Google told BBC News Face Unlock could not be fooled by photos or masks, however.

"We will continue to improve Face Unlock over time," it said in a statement.

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 1 month ago '06        #2
unclejuju 
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The saga continues.. Dammit Google. I'm legit disappointed.



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 1 month ago '05        #3
Gateway972 
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But can it recognize black people yet
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 1 month ago '17        #4
justin747  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Gateway972 said
But can it recognize black people yet
Yes
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 1 month ago '18        #5
PurpleRain 
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Bad news for n*ggas that cheat, wifey gonna be all in y’all phones lol.
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 1 month ago '04        #6
SpyDa 
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 PurpleRain said
Bad news for n*ggas that cheat, wifey gonna be all in y’all phones lol.
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 1 month ago '06        #7
illathruz 
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can a printout of a face unlock the phone?

 1 month ago '15        #8
216atlran 
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:Klayether:

Imagine getting robbed & knocked out for your phone & your last memory was him taking your picture like paparazzi


 illathruz said
can a printout of a face unlock the phone?
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 1 month ago '13        #9
Ethernine 
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this will be fixed in some update easy

 1 month ago '07        #10
iswerve 
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big a*s bezel for sub par security?


 1 month ago '07        #11
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My iPhone XS Max will face unlock with with sunglasses and a hat on.

 1 month ago '12        #12
Cubs Draco 
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My iPhone XS Max will face unlock with with sunglasses and a hat on.
But not with your eyes close.

Apple really is the goat.
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 4 weeks ago '13        #13
Phenom354 
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 Gateway972 said
But can it recognize black people yet



 4 weeks ago '17        #14
WHATEVERMAN 
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Am I really the only one that doesnt care about these security features at all? Like, how is this more secure than just creating a password?



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