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Facial login as password using laptop camera

FastAccess is a facial recognition application that lets people use their face to securely unlock their smartphone, tablet or laptop and access password-protected Internet sites.


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When Your Face is Your Password

After forgetting his login password one time too many, a laptop owner starts using facial recognition to access his computer.


Crafting secure passwords is essential to keeping computing devices out of harm's way. Remembering all those complex passwords has become increasingly difficult as people use more devices to access more online services and sites, but a perceptual computing app can make entering passwords as easy as looking in the mirror.


When Paul McKeon changed his Windows login password, he promptly forgot it.


"I had to spend some time on the phone with the help desk getting that all sorted out," said McKeon, a communications manager at Intel. "That set me on the path for finding a better way."

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Taken on June 25, 2013