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Galaxy S8's facial recognition sensor fails in major way

Galaxy S8's facial recognition sensor fails in major way
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I'm sure you remember what a nightmare the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was for Samsung. Flaws caused its battery to overheat and catch fire, which led to an end of production and a total recall of the popular gadget.

Hoping to put that fiasco behind it, Samsung introduced some amazing new features on its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S8. However, one of those new features is raising some serious security concerns already.

Galaxy S8's security concerns

After a barrage of timely leaks and rumors, the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus were unveiled last week. At its release event, the company said, "This is the new era of smartphone design, an era without edges or limits." That statement is in reference to its curved, edge-to-edge AMOLED "Infinity Display."

Another new feature that was introduced is facial recognition. This allows the user to unlock the phone by merely looking at it. The method is designed to be faster than fingerprint or iris unlocking without skimping on security.

Unfortunately, scammers have already found a way to bypass this biometric security feature. You're not going to believe just how easily they are doing it.

Since the Galaxy S8 facial recognition feature uses 2D technology, all a scammer would need to break into it is a picture of the phone's owner. They only need to put a picture on the display of one phone and hold it in front of the other phone and snap, they're in. It's that simple.

What you need to do

If you plan on using a Galaxy S8 and are worried about your security, the best move is to not use the facial recognition feature to unlock the phone. Instead, use the iris scanner option.

The Galaxy S7's iris scanner for phone unlocking and folder access is also back in the S8. Samsung said that it's secure as ever, more secure than fingerprint scanning. That's because patterns in your irises are unique to you and are virtually impossible to replicate, meaning iris authentication is one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked.

The Galaxy S8 has enough innovative features that it's sure to be a fan favorite. As long as users know how to keep it secure that is.

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