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Facial Expression Recognition Passwords

The next generation of passwords could be going one step further than patterns or multiple passcodes. Facial recognition is one thing but Google’s latest patent suggests that Facial Expression Recognition could be the next big thing.

A request filed by Google would patent a password system that requires a series of different facial expressions to be performed in order to unlock a device. The expressions could be anything from a wide smile to the sticking out of a tongue to the raising of one or two eyebrows. The software will record the movements as a video in order to authenticate the user. Using video not still images will ensure photographs cannot be used to fraud the system.

Moves like this from worldwide internet giants highlight how traditional passwords are not enough, despite being cheap to implement without the back up of another form of authentication character passwords are not making the grade any more.

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