Thomas Brewster is a journalist of Forbes, decided to conduct an experiment and test how well the scanners face protect data stored in mobile device memory, and how easy it is to circumvent such systems. For this he gathered several different smartphones — Samsung Galaxy S9 Galaxy Note 9, LG G7, OnePlus 6 and iPhone X.

In the method of testing, there is nothing new. The Forbes author used a 3D copy of his head and tried to use it to unlock existing devices. It is noteworthy that Brewster came to the creation of a solid model very carefully. To this end, he appealed to the British company Backface, which helped him, creating a precise copy in the actual size. The entire process of creating a 3D layout took several days and cost 300 pounds.

In the end, copies of the head was enough to fool the scanners face in almost all smartphones. At the same time to unlock devices from LG and OnePlus didn’t even have to resort to any tricks – just enough to accommodate the layout of the head in front of the front camera smartphones. Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 resisted a little longer. For unlocking the phones from the Korean giant Brewster had to choose the lighting and the angle of inclination of the head. As for the iPhone X, then after numerous attempts of Apple smartphone and failed to unlock with 3D copies.

The representatives of Samsung, LG and OnePlus have already commented on the test results. All comments are about the same character. Manufacturers note that autoclaves cannot be considered as a full security for the data stored in the memory device. They are created primarily in order to facilitate the process of unlocking smartphones.


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