Introducing Face ID technology in today’s networked world, the need to maintain the security of information or physical property is becoming both increasingly important and increasingly difficult. From time to time we hear about the crimes of credit card fraud, computer break-ins by hackers, or security breaches in a company or government building.
In most of these crimes, the criminals were taking advantage of a fundamental flaw in the conventional access control systems. These systems do not grant access by “who we are”, but by “what we have”, such as ID cards, keys, passwords, PIN numbers, or mother’s maiden name. None of these means really defines us. Rather, they merely are a means to authenticate us. It goes without saying that if someone steals, duplicates, or acquires these identity means, he or she will be able to access our data or our personal property any time they want.
Recently, technology became available to allow verification of true individual identity. This technology is based on a field called biometrics. Face ID is one of the few biometric methods that possess the merits of both high accuracy and low intrusiveness.
Now, Apple has come up with more USE CASES for FACE ID on mobile devices in wonderful perspectives. Facebook also introduced its face ID on their mobile app.
The most common use case for Face ID is unlocking your iPhone, instead of using a PIN. Whether you tap on the display while your phone is sitting on your desk, or you bring the phone up to view notifications, Face ID gets activated and attempting to verify it’s you looking at the phone.
Another cool feature about Face ID technology is that when your appearance changes slightly, say your hair is done differently or you shaved your beard, Face ID might fail. However, when you enter your passcode after Face ID failed to recognize you, it uses that scan to teach itself that your appearance has changed slightly. And next time it should recognize you without issue.
How to Setup Face ID on your iPhone
When setting up your iPhone XS (or XS Max, XR or X) for the first time, it will ask if you want to use Face ID. If you chose not to, you can still enable Face ID through the Settings app later on. Regardless of when you set up Face ID, the process is the same.
First, it will ask you to set a passcode that you’ll use as a fallback authentication method. This happens if Face ID has trouble recognizing you after your iPhone is restarted, hasn’t been unlocked in 48 hours.
To register your face with Face ID, hold your phone between 10 and 20 inches away from your face. With your face centered in the circle, move your head around until the scan is complete. It’s easiest to slowly move in a circle. You’ll be asked to complete a second scan, after which Face ID setup will be complete.
Some Benefits of Face ID Technology Today
- You can also use Face ID with Apple Pay to make easy and secure purchases in stores, apps, and on the web.
- You can also configure Face ID to approve purchases from the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the iBooks Store. So with this, you don’t have to enter an Apple ID password.
Face ID is also simple on android devices as it is on the iPhone.