One of the most prominent security features that the newly introduced Google Pixel 4 smartphone comes up with is that a user can unlock the phone with the help of facial recognition. However, a report released by BBC says, it is possible to use the tool to unlock the phone even if the eyes of the user is closed.
The report also stated that the journalists trying the new smartphone could unlock it several times with the help of the Face Unlock App, keeping their eyes closed. This is alarming, as this ability will let any unauthorized person other than the legitimate user have access to the phone.
Professor Nasir Memon, the founder of the cyber-security program of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering stated that this means the phone can be used by anyone when the legitimate owner and user of the phone is sleeping or even dead.
Google meanwhile told CNN Business that the issue is surely not a bug or defect, and the device duly meets all the necessary security requirements. It also assured that the newly developed phone is resilient enough against various means of unlocking attempts that can be tried out. Though Google has not yet stated that it will look into the issue and rectify this lacuna, but they are sure that the security barriers will get better and better in the coming days, with subsequent software updates.
However, Google has issued a warning, stating that the Face Unlock app can very well be misused. On its webpage that describes this feature in detail, Google has stated the phone can indeed be unlocked by holding it on the users’ faces, even if the eyes are closed. Thus, they have recommended storing the phone when not in use, in the front pocket, or the handbags, turning off the face unlock feature.
These new Google phones are not yet available in the market. The Pixel 4 and the 4 XL will be shipped on October 24.