Yet another case of misleading information being spread by tech media

“How Making a Funny Face Could Boost the Security of Face Unlock Features”

Low false acceptance rate is one thing and good security is another.

The information those tech media always fail to report is

1. what the empirical (actually-measured) false rejection rate is corresponding to the empirical false acceptance rate

2. what fallback means is used in case of false rejection

Logic tells that it is absolutely impossible for anybody to judge what level of security aparticular biometrics solution provides without the answers to these two questions as examined here — “Negative Security Effect of Biometrics Deployed in Cyberspace”

The effect of anti-spoofing measure such as registering funny faces is like a mirage as discussed here — “Spoofing and Liveness-Detection of Biometrics”

How long do we have to live with those misguided and misguiding tech media?

Key References

What We Know for Certain about Authentication Factors

Digital Identity for Global Citizens

Image-to-Code Conversion by Expanded Password System

Summary and Brief History — Expanded Password System

Proposition on How to Build Sustainable Digital Identity Platform

dditional References

Account Recovery with Expanded Password System

External Body Features Viewed as ‘What We Are’

History, Current Status and Future Scenarios of Expanded Password System

Negative Security Effect of Biometrics Deployed in Cyberspace

Removal of Passwords and Its Security Effect

Availability-First Approach

Update: Questions and Answers — Expanded Password System and Related Issues (30/June/2020)

< Videos on YouTube>

Slide: Outline of Expanded Password System (3minutes 2seconds)

Digital Identity for Global Citizens (10minutes — narrated)

Demo: Simplified Operation on Smartphone for consumers (1m41s)

Demo: High-Security Operation on PC for managers (4m28s)

Demo: Simple capture and registration of pictures by users (1m26s)

Slide: Biometrics in Cyber Space — “below-one” factor authentication



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Hitoshi Kokumai

Advocate of ‘Identity Assurance by Our Own Volition and Memory’, Inventor of Expanded Password System and Founder of Mnemonic Identity Solutions Limited in UK.