So how safe is all this Face ID?

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - GADGETS/GAMES LIFE - — Mark Furler

THE re­lease of the iPhone X with so­phis­ti­cated fa­cial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy has left some won­der­ing how safe our pri­vacy is. Ap­ple says it has gone to in­cred­i­ble lengths to en­sure that Face ID in­for­ma­tion is not shared or can in any way be tar­geted by hack­ers. If any­thing, it ar­gues that it strength­ens peo­ple’s pri­vacy by mak­ing it nearly im­pos­si­ble for oth­ers to ac­cess their phone, mes­sages or pri­vate in­for­ma­tion. Us­ing its Touch ID sys­tem, Ap­ple says the chances of be­ing hacked is one in 50,000. With Face ID, that chance di­min­ishes to one in 1 mil­lion. There is no ‘photo’ taken of your face. In­stead it cap­tures a depth map and in­frared im­age. “A por­tion of the A11 Bionic chip’s neu­ral en­gine – pro­tected within the Se­cure En­clave – trans­forms the depth map and in­frared im­age into a math­e­mat­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and com­pares that rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the en­rolled fa­cial data,’’ Ap­ple says. “Face ID au­to­mat­i­cally adapts to changes in your ap­pear­ance, such as wear­ing cos­metic makeup or grow­ing fa­cial hair.” It is de­signed to work with hats, scarves, glasses, con­tact lenses and most sun­glasses, even in to­tal dark­ness. We’ve been us­ing Face ID for the past few days and it works very quickly. I wear glasses – some­thing that proved a stum­bling block to fa­cial recog­ni­tion on Sam­sung’s flag­ship Note8. In con­trast, Ap­ple’s Face ID works very well – in­clud­ing when us­ing Ap­ple Pay.

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