One of the big headlines this week is that the latest smartphones from Google have been released. We are talking about the Google Pixel 4 series which comes with the best of Google inside them. This year, the company tried to do something different where they introduced a face unlock mechanism on its devices. For this, they also had to place an Infrared sensor along with Soli Radars for movement. While we know that Face Unlock is not new for smartphones nowadays, it is great to see that dedicated hardware is used for this purpose on the Google Pixel 4 series.
But it has now come to our notice that Google’s Face Unlock is probably the most insecure face unlock mechanism of all time. This is because you can unlock your Pixel 4 even if your eyes are closed or you are sleeping. Basically, Google’s Pixel 4 detects the face for unlocking and not anything else. Now, we have seen that even the software-enabled face unlock mechanism also doesn’t let you unlock the phone when the eyes are closed. Because this could mean that anyone can unlock your phone without you being aware.
The more interesting part, however, is that BBC contacted Google regarding this issue and they said this is how their Face Unlock works on final software. Thus, Google says that it is meant to be a feature but it is a huge security flaw. Now, we would rather advise you to not use the Face Unlock if you have a habit of keeping your phone here and there. As someone can literally just point at you and can unlock your device. Google also says that Face Unlock on Pixel 4 is secure to be used for banking but we are not at all convinced. This is a huge security flaw and we hope Google fixes it soon.