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Where Was I When This Happened?

Posted by Chris DeMarco on Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I happened to see this the other day while browsing the web:
Lenovo’s New Face Password Feature

Apparently, laptops now have face recognition now as a security feature. Of course, when I saw this, I was dumbfounded. However, if you check out Lenovo’s website, you’ll clearly see that I’m not making this up.

According to the Lenovo website, “Lenovo’s new VeriFace software lets you use the unique features of your face to add a new level of security to your system.” They claim that you can use your face as your new password, and the computer will simply use its webcam to scan your face and identify you.

Now there are just two little issues I have with this. First, I’m a little concerned about how secure this really is. I can totally see someone holding up a picture of me in front of my computer and gaining access to all my personal files. Sure, fingerprint readers have been around a long time and have proven to be pretty safe, but I have some serious doubts about this showing up on everyday laptops just yet.

Second, of course, I’m just a little upset that I can’t do this on my Macbook Pro. I mean, come on, Apple is supposed to come out with everything before anyone else. Tsk, Tsk, Apple.

Anyways, despite my concerns about its security and my intense jealousy that Apple does not yet have this feature, I thought it was pretty cool, so if you haven’t seen/heard about this yet, you just might want to take a look at the future of what’s keeping other people out of your computer.

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