SECURITY PARANOID NARCISSISTS may soon be able to approve their Amazon purchases with a selfie, if the online retail giant’s US patent application is granted.
Clearly understanding that humans as a whole are inherently dumb, Amazon wants to bypass the need for its customers to go through the mental agony of having to remember a password and instead let wannabe Kardashians log into their accounts with a selfie.
We’re not sure if duck pout pics will work yet, but at least the proposed system could put selfies taken by the insufferably smug to better use than harvesting Instagram likes.
"Such approaches provide for user authentication without the user having to physically interact with a computing device, which can enable a user to access information by looking at a camera, performing a simple gesture such as a smile, or performing another such action," the company noted in its patent application.
"While many conventional approaches rely on password entry for user authentication, these passwords can be stolen or discovered by other persons who can impersonate the user for any of a variety of tasks.”
To prevent cyber crooks from hacking into Amazon accounts by fooling the facial recognition tech with a photo of the user, Amazon’s patent includes a two stage process. First the user takes a selfie to log into their account, then snaps a second with the instruction to do something like smile or similar action, which would prevent cyber thieves from spoofing the system.
The everything-selling company is not alone in seeking to use selfies for payment authorisation; MasterCard recently said is planning to use selfies for its payment security.
Thankfully, for people without an over-developed show-off gland, more digital wallets and payment services are bypassing passwords for biometric security, namely Apple Pay, which uses the Touch ID-equipped iPhones and iPads to authorise payments through fingerprint scanning.
This is a relief given we are sick to death of Britain’s obsession with selfies; people should just eat their dinner and STFU. µ
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