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Selfies Could Be The Password Alternatives Of The Future


What started as a teen trend could turn into an important part of tomorrow’s security systems as selfies start to become a part of identity-proving technology.

Groups including Uber, the Alabama Department of Revenue and MasterCard are requiring people to take selfies on their smartphones as proof of identity, the Wall Street Journal reports. While convoluted passwords that change every few months may happily become a thing of the past, cybercrime experts warn facial recognition technology is far from perfect.

Facial hair, shadows and low lighting are everyday things that can confuse the current software, showing it’s still very much in the early stages of development. And it would be a huge problem if hackers find ways to steal or re-create facial information—after all, faces aren’t as easy to change as passwords. [WSJ]