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The new face of iPhone security

As a banking app, we’ve invested heavily in our security infrastructure, meaning your personal details, not to mention your money, are always kept safe.

by Alex on 23 November 2017
The new face of iPhone security

As a banking app, we’ve invested heavily in our security infrastructure, meaning your personal details, not to mention your money, are always kept safe.

In the name of good user experience however, we like to ensure that security, specifically how you’re able to interface with your app’s security settings, is quick and accessible without compromising the safety of your account.

For some time now, our iOS customers have enjoyed logging in via Touch ID. Now, with the advent of Apple’s new flagship handset release, the iPhone X, we’ve jumped at the chance to integrate its new ‘Face ID’ biometric facial recognition system into the Monese app.

Using an array of sensors on the front of the phone, the iPhone X is capable of scanning, storing and tracking your face. Although it’s not the first phone to use facial recognition, it is the first to use it as a means to unlock a mobile device.

But how secure is it? Since the new phone was unveiled, industry pundits have suggested that there are inherent risks involved in the use of facial recognition - with nothing more than a glance at a device required to unlock it. Previous systems have been easily fooled by photos or masks which has fuelled growing privacy and safety fears that the tech might be employed for surveillance or tracking purposes.

Apple, who have always maintained an exemplary track record on security, have however been quick to dispel many of these concerns. Compared to the one-in-50,000 chance that someone else will be able to use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone, the odds of another person fooling Face ID is one in a million, according to the company.

At the same time, it assures a degree of flexibility in that subtle changes to faces, make-up, eyewear or new moustache’s don’t impede recognition.

If you’re lucky enough to own the iPhone X, you can use Face ID with the Monese app right now. And remember, if you do happen to have an evil twin coming to stay, you can always disable it by switching off ‘Touch ID’ in settings.


Alex
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