Amazon Plans Selfie Authentication

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Following the news Amazon has applied for a patent to offer selfies as a method of customer authentication, Here to comment on this news is David Emm,  Kaspersky Lab Principal Security Researcher.

David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab:

“I like the idea of using facial recognition to confirm someone’s identity. And the idea of a two-step process – a static picture, followed by a second, anti-spoof picture – is even better. However, I’d prefer to see this used as well as a password, rather than instead of a password. Given that lots of people use the same password for everything, and often weak passwords too, this would undoubtedly be a step-up in protection for many people. But I think it would be even safer to combine both approaches. If a consumer’s password is compromised, they can change it. If their face, fingerprint or voice is compromised, there’s nothing they can do.”

“Either way, it’s also important that Amazon, or any other provider, takes steps to secure (from theft or spoofing) whatever mechanism is used for authentication – passwords or biometrics.”

About David Emm
David Emm is Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, a provider of security and threat management solutions. He has been with Kaspersky Lab since 2004 and is a member of the company’s Global Research and Analysis Team. He has worked in the anti-malware industry since 1990 in a variety of roles, including that of Senior Technology Consultant at Dr Solomon’s Software, and Systems Engineer and Product Manager at McAfee. In his current role, David regularly delivers presentations on malware and other IT security threats at exhibitions and events, highlighting what organisations and consumers can do to stay safe online. He also provides comment to broadcast and print media on the ever-changing cyber-security and threat landscape. David has a strong interest in malware, ID theft and the human aspects of security. David is a knowledgeable advisor on all aspects of online security.


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