Weekly poll: face scanning vs. fingerprint readers

01 July 2018
Fingerprint readers were slow to gain popularity, but now they are everywhere. Face scanning is emerging as an alternative, but which do you prefer?

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Definitely fingerprint is more accurate more secure and more convenient. If you still beleive marketing claims that scanning your face in a seconds makes it more secure than fingerprint scanner you WRONG.

  • S6 User

Anonymous, 03 Jul 2018Pattern lock is the best method to lock the phone. Fingerpr... moreNo, just because Pattern is your preferred method doesn't make it better than a FInger Print Scanner or make FPS a gimmick.

Pins & patterns are not as secure as FPS, especially with video cameras all over the place, or just someone looking over your shoulder, so always shield this action.

They would only have to snatch your phone, even if it's switched off, whereas an FPS would require authorisation from yourself to gain access.

Yes, a front facing FPS maybe preferrable to on the back.

A front facing FPS can be capacitive or built into the screen/ display:
https://m.gsmarena.com/galaxy_s10_to_ditch_the_iris_scanner_for_an_indisplay_fingerprint_and_facial_recognition-news-31820.php

  • Anonymous

Pattern lock is the best method to lock the phone. Fingerprint and iris scanners are gimmicks.

  • shun

Back mounted fingerprint reader and face scanning is big NO for me.

I normally place my phone on working desk, hate to pick up the phone frequently to unlock it or check for missed call/notifications...

  • MsZero

Anonymous, 02 Jul 2018I agree, what are you storing on your phone that requires c... moreUh...Protecting my contacts phone numbers, if they read my chats they might know who my family is, also check my google maps for my home or job, my credit card information from apps like uber or google.

There are people who lose their phone and their contacts con FB or Whatsapp get thread messages.

Basically you lock your phone for you family and friends security: to protect their phones, personal information THEY might have on their FB account or other social media apps you might have them added, their phone numbers, YOUR information like your address and card numbers.

So YES.
It IS important to lock your phone.

Neither. These security features are only useful against perfect strangers, where your phone stolen or lost it.
These features are nothing against people you trust such as family or friends. I learned this when my niece was just playing, pulling my finger to the the reader. A spouse can pull the same trick while you are asleep.

Governments can use these features to open your phone against your will easily.

  • Anonymous

Neither. Why? When you connect yourself to the internet and the technology world, whatever trace or info you put there, will stay there and it can be EASILY accessible. These "security" measures are in a way forcing you to give very personal information online and again let me remind you that once this info obtained, it is very easy to access it.

Fingerprint reader - more secure, more reliable.
Face scanning? Why not, if it doesn't mean notch and I don't have to use it, I don't really care.

[deleted post]Two Anomymos (Nameless) guys, say the same thing?!?

OK. No problem.

YouTube is a service overwhelmed with Fake videos either by financially supported (Fans with power to influence you and those around you) or haters which do their best to make illogical things and count them as fact.

In any case, more than 50% of YouTube contents are entertain centric, not fact based.

Again,
I am:
Lumia 950 XL,
Galaxy Note7,
Galaxy Note8,
iPhone X,
X21 UD,
Xperia XZ1,
Owner; So, I know what am I talking about.

"available face recognition mechanism are tricky to open or closed eyes."
Tricky means there are ways to bypass or security is 50-50.
Pull up eyelids halfway then judge.
I tried the same scenario with Iris which was 100% unsuccessful.

Fingerprint is the most unsecure available at sleep.

First forget what Apple adviser's taught you, after that buy the handset of its kind, then experiment yourself, in order not to criticize others by commercially available claim sheets.

Anonymous, 02 Jul 2018... Spoken like a person who never used FaceID. You can't u... moreI am:
Lumia 950 XL,
Galaxy Note7,
Galaxy Note8,
iPhone X,
X21 UD,
Xperia XZ1,
Owner; So, I know what am I talking about.

"available face recognition mechanism are tricky to open or closed eyes."
Tricky means there are ways to bypass or security is 50-50.
Pull up eyelids halfway then judge.
I tried the same scenario with Iris which was 100% unsuccessful.

Where did I say fingerprint is safe? fingerprint is the most unsecure available at sleep.

People who fall in love with a soulless gadget, must not talk in any condition let alone vote or even criticize others real life experiences.

  • Max

Absolutely neither. Biometric "security" is just security theater, no exceptions - not because of any particular implementation but as a principle. Both the image of your face and the fingerprints you leave everywhere are very much publicly accessible, and if anyone spoofs them you can't even change them. That's not security, that's a bad joke. Will a random bloke off the street unlock your phone? No. Will any family member, colleague, classmate or anyone else with regular access to you unlock it if they become determined to do so for any reason? Oh hell yes. And that includes anyone who has the opportunity to hold the phone to your face or finger, whereas at least in some parts of the world you can't be made to reveal your lock code if that's what you use - although you certainly could be threatened to do so "or else", in certain circumstances. Richelieu is famously quoted to need only six lines of text from any honest man to find a reason to hang him - your phone is the equivalent of six billion lines. By all means, go ahead and make a mockery of securing it - it's your funeral...

  • Anonymous

suarez92, 01 Jul 2018Still didn't try face unlock. Been waiting for that feature... moreWhat you basically said was "I switched to a phone that only has face unlock (that I btw think is less secure) cause my phone with the more secure unlock feature hadn't got the less secure unlock feature"??

  • Anonymous

CJha, 02 Jul 2018The fingerprint reader is most useful since you can unlock ... moreFor underscreen fingerprint tech, you might lose both. Because it lacks a tactile feeling of a physical button.. you have to "look" before you can scan properly.

Just like the same issue with BB users longing for a physical keyboard.

The fingerprint reader is most useful since you can unlock your phone when it's not even facing you, which you can't do with face unlock, no matter how advanced, you always have to show it your face and that's annoying when your phone is just laying on the table. A similar problem arises with the fingerprint reader on the back. So, the ultimate solution is an under-screen fingerprint reader.

  • Anonymous

The Scientist Pigeon, 02 Jul 2018What's the aim of security in smartphones? 1- To keep da... more... Spoken like a person who never used FaceID. You can't unlock if the eyes not open.. And besides.. if you sleep.. DEEP sleep and someone open your eyes .. your fingers is not save also!

People who never try real face unlock.. should never be allowed in this vote.

PeterThePanda, 02 Jul 2018Lol. Load of BS. Many P10 owners already have Oreo on their... moreYes its unlocked from a network carrier. But also had Mate 9 which was sim free and same happened.

Not true. Still got Iphone 6s as a backup phone. Three years still hasn't slowed a bit. It can easily compare with newer 7. I dont know what people want from a phone, to last forever? If it serves you 2 plus years thats perfect and top quality.

suarez92, 02 Jul 2018Yes. Huawei is probably beside LG and HTC slowest when it c... moreLol. Load of BS. Many P10 owners already have Oreo on their phones since around April. Either you got your phone from a carrier which has slow updates, you did tinkered something on your phone or don't even have a P10 plus.

Sure, Apple has constant updates but they're screwing you over each time by bogging down your phone each time, forcing you to buy a new phone when you feel your phone is too slow.

What's the aim of security in smartphones?

1- To keep data secure (Business wise)
2- To maintain privacy (Casual teens)
3- To carry pass codes securely (Typical customer)
4- To not be distracted by unwanted interruption (Formal presentation)
5- To control kids (Parents)
6- To hide the handset from others (Stingy people)
7- To carry family photo and footage (Mom/Dad)
8- To Control phone bill (Husband)
Which they all means:
"Not let anyone enter the collection of data without permission"

Face Recognition is secure?
Finger Print is secure, too?

No. They are not secure enough to prevent intrusion. even your session records which are available in your smartphone can be damaged by a kid which wants to play angry birds in your handset (his/her Tablet is not small enough to meet kids criteria)

Microsoft's approach was next level in security in smartphones which spoiled by Samsung Galaxy line up.

Iris Scanner is only active, when your eye is fully opened.
available Face recognition mechanisms are tricky to open or closed eyes.
fingerprint scanners are too fast which will unlock your phone with slight contact to finger.

You are sleep. This is the main problem for security.

Password must be typed and the device is open.

In the simplest way, an angry kid waiting for your nap time or any other occasion that you are sleep:

Then simply keep the Apple iPhone X in front of you, the phone is unlocked.
Oppo find X perform better in this case and will unlock faster.
vivo NEX S needs a simple touch to the surface then it is unlocked.
Samsung Galaxy Note8 Iris scanner can not be goofed by simple tricks but if the owner sets up the fingerprint, the latter is no exception, phone is under attack!

Iris scanner in sleep time is the most secure solution available offered by Lumia 950 [XL] and spoiled by Galaxy Note7.

If the security matters, Iris scanner is the most secure.

If the security is a fancy useless thing to you, at first place why you even bother yourself to set any pattern for locking the phone?

  • Anonymous

My phone must have both. But fingerprint reader is cooler. Also I use slide to unlock without any password.

Anonymous, 01 Jul 2018You got tired of waiting for face unlock so you switched to... moreYes. Huawei is probably beside LG and HTC slowest when it comes to updates. Been waiting Oreo in P10 Plus since decades, then FU update in Mate 10 Pro, so i switched to Iphone because they have constant updates.