Students from West Virginia University have created an app designed to protect your phone and its contents with the power of facial recognition and the vain satisfaction of taking a selfie.
According to an article published on The Daily Athenaeum by Laura Haight, the app uses biometric facial recognition technology to protect photos and other applications.
Developed by three students, Alex Dunn, Walter Ferrell and Steven Amerman, SecureSelfie was built in one week and is expected to launch in April of next year. The app uses a facial recognition algorithm to authenticate a user based on a picture of their face taken with a phone’s camera.
Walter Farrell told Haight that the “implementation of biometrics makes sure that you—alive and presence required—and only you can access the data that’s locked.” Going on to espouse why facial biometrics beat out passwords in terms security. The full interview details the process that went into creating the biometric selfie app.
Using the photo taking capabilities of a smartphone or tablet to enable biometric security is a popular deployment technique in strong authentication software solutions. EyeVerify, for instance, uses the same seflie-style motion to authenticate users via the vascular patterns on their eyeballs.