Replace Your Passwords With Facial Images

Instead of having to remember that crazy password you crafted, what if you could pick among a series of facial images that are prompted on your screen?

A new system called  Facelock, just reported in “Time magazine”, offers a technology that’s based on the psychology of facial recognition.  The academics call it “Familiarity Based Graphical Authentication” but it’s quite simple: “The only system that can reliably recognize faces is a human who is familiar with the faces concerned,” says Dr. Rob Jenkins of the University of York, Department of Psychology.

Jenkins, in his report published in Peer J, cites some convincing evidence: in cases where the tester didn’t know any of the images presented, they had less than a 1% success rate.   Even personal attackers who knew the account holder well were rarely able to authenticate (6.6% success rate).

“Pretending to know a face that you don’t know is like pretending to know a language that you don’t know—it just doesn’t work,” says Psych professor, Jenkins.  

In contrast, FaceReflect uses Facial Pattern Analysis (FPA) — not facial recognition — that produces outputs that are unique to each individual.  The purpose of FPA, when coupled with FaceReflect’s sophisticated algorithms, is to help individuals better understand themselves and others through in-depth personality insights.