- Business Insider
The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s latest top-of-the-line smartphone, and Business Insider’s testing revealed that it’s shaping up to be a fantastic overall device.
Unfortunately, there might be one major flaw.
Web developer and user experience designer Mel Tajon ran a test with the Note 8, and found its facial recognition feature can be tricked with a photograph.
The feature normally allows users to unlock the phone by scanning their face with the front-facing camera, in place of a passcode or fingerprint reader.
In a video posted by Tajon on Twitter, he holds two Note 8 devices in front of one another. One Note 8 just has a selfie of Tajon on screen, and that’s enough to fool the second device’s front-facing camera, giving him access to the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Facial Recognition Test: pic.twitter.com/dVooMPMgfh
— Mel Tajon (@MelTajon) September 2, 2017
What’s worse is that even relatively low-quality pictures such as those uploaded on Facebook and Instagram can seemingly do the trick. “Confirmed: I’m also able to unlock the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with people’s Facebook profile pics and Instagram selfies from my iPhone,” said Tajon.
With smartphones becoming the centralised hubs of our digital lives, and containing a lot of sensitive information about us (like the location of our home or credit card numbers), it’s pretty important that the devices feel secure.
For anyone worried: You don’t have to enable facial recognition. The Note 8 also lets you unlock the phone with your iris, fingerprint, or the old-fashioned passcode.