Identical Twins Can’t Trick Windows 10’s Facial Recognition System
Microsoft’s Windows 10, released last month, introduces a new feature called Windows Hello. The feature replaces the hackable password or pin system with biometric recognition. Hello allows users to log in to their systems using fingerprint, iris scan and face recognition.
While fingerprint and iris scan have proved consistent and reliable, Windows employs photographic analysis with heat and depth detection to ensure facial recognition process works accurately, as well. This is made possible by integrating a RealSense camera made by Intel, into devices that offer this functionality.
The Australian recently decided to put Windows Hello to test to see if it could distinguish between two identical twins. For this purpose, they selected six sets of identical twins, registered each twin’s photo to a unique account and then tried to login through facial recognition.
To our surprise, there wasn’t a single instance when it would let the second twin log into an account registered with their sibling’s face. Windows managed to perfectly distinguish between them, so it’s safe to say the system is extremely secure and virtually impossible to be tricked.
Microsoft says it’s not possible for hackers to steal the user’s biometric information. According to the tech firm, the biometric key is stored only on the device where facial recognition is established, and usable only with it. That means a hacker would have to steal your computer to even attempt authentication. That’s really impressive, isn’t it?
Gohar is the lead editor at TechFrag. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he's currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.