Saturday, 21 December 2013


iPhone and iPad users waiting for Apple to
bring facial recognition to the iOS world may want to check out a couple of apps in the meantime.
A few different apps in Apple's App Store
use the camera to identify your face, thereby
granting access to certain stored information.
The two apps that works are
FastAccess Anywhere and FaceCrypt. Both of
them use facial recognition to lock and
unlock specific content.

FastAccess Anywhere

FastAccess Anywhere lets you use your face
as a password to access any Web site that you choose.
You first browse to a site using the app's built-in browser. After you enter your login credentials and sign in, FastAccess asks if you want to save your username and
password for that site. You can choose yes, not now, or never. If you opt to save your
login information, the app snaps a picture of
your face and asks you to select a secret shape as a backup.
Log out of the Web site. Now, the next time
you surf to it through FastAccess, simply aim
your face at the camera, and the app should grant you access by matching your face with the stored image.
You must use FastAccess's own
Web browser. And to sync your login
information across multiple devices, the app
stores your photos, usernames, and
passwords online, though naturally they're encrypted.
Offered by a company named Sensible Vision,
FastAccess Anywhere is also available for
Android devices and Windows PCs, while a
Mac version is on the way. The app runs in
free trial mode for 14 days. A cloud-based
account that covers all your iOS and Android
devices then costs you $9.99 per year.
Alternatively, paying $24 for the Windows
version gives you one year of access for all your devices.


FaceCrypt works by offering you a vault in which you
can store Web site passwords as well as documents, photos, videos, notes, and financial information.
You start by enrolling in the vault by using your face, a pattern lock, a traditional
password, or all three. Assuming you choose
facial recognition, the app snaps, records, and then confirms your facial features.
You then use your face to unlock the vault where you can add passwords, documents, and other content. For example, to add
credentials for a Web site, type a description, username, password, and the site's URL, and then lock that account. To add a document,
photo, or video, you can create a new one on
your device or add one from Dropbox. To unlock the vault and access your information, the app again scans your face.
The scanning can be a bit tricky. You must position your face at a certain distance and
angle or the app has trouble recognizing you. I sometimes had to move my face around several times before FaceCrypt was able to detect me.
To access a password-protected Web site, simply click on the URL in the vault, and the page opens in Safari. The only downside here
is that you must manually enter your login credentials; the app doesn't automatically
populate that information.But such a feature is in the works.
FaceCrypt comes as a free version that allows
only two entries and as a $5 Basic and $7
Plus edition , both of which let you add as many items as you want.
The current version of FaceCrypt is interesting despite certain limitations.Android is already a step ahead of Apple with a facial recognition feature called Face Unlock, which uses your face to access your device. For now, though, iPhone and iPad users who want to use their face to safeguard their secrets will have to rely on such apps as FastAccess Anywhere and FaceCrypt.
Source: CNET

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