In recent years, Face Recognition technology has become more common and familiar through the proliferation of mobile devices and its’ popularization in movies. Several companies offer variations of the technology and some brand names are either starting to test it or already embed it in their products and services.
On the face of it (excuse the pun), face recognition may seem to offer better security than passwords. This may lead some to consider these and other biometrics as an improved substitute for password authentication. However, when one recognizes that if a breach occurs passwords can easily be changed while biometrics cannot, one realizes that since biometrics are static, a compromise of a biometric identification is irreversible. That alone should lead organizations to think carefully before using biometrics as their primary security mechanism.