The crude joke: Oneplus 6 face unlock feature can be fooled with a printed photograph

When it was revealed that OnePlus 6 will come with Face Unlock feature, it wasn’t a surprise at all. Before it OnePlus 5T had come with the feature, and despite the lack of 3D sensing capabilities it had done a fine job. So it was obvious that company decided to go ahead with the facial unlocking in OnePlus 6 as well. However, a shocking surprise has come out in case of this device: it’s damn easy to fool the feature in OnePlus 6! All you need is a printed image of yourself.

That’s right — a user on Twitter just posted that he could successfully unlock his OnePlus 6 with a printed cutout of his face. And worst of all this hack works even with black and white photographs! Has OnePlus just given us a crude joke in the name of facial recognition?

You can see OnePlus 6 being unlocked with a printed photo in the video posted by Twitter user @rikvduijn. The photo is nothing but a selfie. Rik’s friend holds the printout of selfie in front of device, and the device immediately grants him access to the phone.

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When Phone Arena reached out to OnePlus for a comment on this, given below is what company had to say:

“We designed Face Unlock around convenience, and while we took corresponding measures to optimise its security we always recommended you use a password/PIN/fingerprint for security. For this reason Face Unlock is not enabled for any secure apps such as banking or payments. We’re constantly working to improve all of our technology, including Face Unlock.”

Basically what they’re saying is that they gave us a toy in the form of this feature, and that toy has nothing to do with security. They’re working to make that toy smarter, though it’s unclear how smart they will be able to make it without proper hardware (3D sensors) installed inside the device. So it’s better you don’t use this feature at all!

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