Face Unlock Test has failed in all smartphones except iPhone X

As stated by Apple, the Face ID system was extremely secure. Do not disappoint face recognition and Windows Hello.

The authoritative foreign edition of Forbes has tested the security of the unlock function of users in the face in some popular smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 6 and iPhone X. As the result showed, only Apple’s smartphone passed the test. In addition, the journalists tested the updated face recognition function in Windows Hello (without specifying which device specifically) – it also showed itself well.

Face Unlock Test

For the experiment, one of the Forbes employees created a high-quality copy of his head on a 3D printer in the studio Backface (Birmingham, United Kingdom). After that, he brought each of the tested smartphones (which already remembered the real face of the journalist) to a copy of his head and pressed the unlock button – only iPhone X and Windows Hello were recognized as fake.

During the experiment, it turned out that not all Android devices were equally easily unlocked by a head printed on a 3D printer. For example, in the LG G7 ThinQ and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphones, there is a special setting for face recognition, which makes the identification of the owner of smartphones longer, but more accurate. However, this option did not affect the result: the devices were still deceived by the fake head, although unlocking was carried out only at certain angles and not under any lighting.

For the sake of fairness, it is worth noting that when setting up the face recognition feature on LG and Samsung smartphones, the system notifies that this authentication method is less secure than a standard PIN or fingerprint. However, in OnePlus 6 there is neither a warning about the insecurity of the face scanning function nor a more accurate (but slow) recognition mode. This smartphone was the easiest to fool.

The article from Forbes says the following:
“Apple’s investment in its technology, which is working closely with Hollywood studio to create realistic masks for people to test Face ID, has paid off. It was impossible to bypass the security system with a head printed on a 3D printer.

It seems that Microsoft did a good job [in this direction]. The new face recognition feature in Windows Hello did not find the fake head real. Not surprisingly, the two most expensive companies in the world offer the best security.

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In fairness, it is worth noting that the Forbes journalist unpacked his head on a 3D printer after it was captured in a studio with 50 professional cameras (taking photographs from different angles). It is unlikely that in real conditions fraudsters will be able to get such a precise three-dimensional map of the victim’s head to print a realistic fake. However, this is only the guesswork of the author of this topic.

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Face Unlock Test has failed in all smartphones except iPhone X
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