Here is an interesting piece of software for laptop users. VeriFace is a face recognition software that is marketed by Lenovo. It identifies users based on unique facial features which essentially means that you can use your own face as the logon password in your laptop. Although only Lenovo laptops are officially supported by this software, I’ve seen comments by Toshiba, Sony VAIO, Acer and Dell laptop owners who successfully got VerfiFace running on their systems (see this thread for more comments). As far as I know this software quires a 1.3 megapixel camera installed on your laptop to function properly. Click here for a video demonstration.
The new VeriFace technology from Lenovo works in a particular way. When you sit in front of the camera, the system will generate two white dots that will follow your eyes, this will be show at your screen, then it will make the validation and let you log in the system. Different profiles can added and each user will recognized and the logged into their profile. This will make things easier and safer, you will be able to protect your data, files and passwords from others. Tests have been made to check how safe the software is and if it could be easily hacked. Some of the tests included trying to access the system by using high resolution pictures, but the software detects when a picture is being used and doesn't lets the access.
Also the software is smart enough to recognize between a human face and an animal face, animals can't be enrolled to the system.
Many believe that this is a big evolution in biometric security that will help users to make things easier and to worry less about their data protection. The program also has "Automatic Locking" feature under "Real Time Monitor". By setting "Standby Time" VeriFace will auto inspect if you are away from the computer. If your status shows "Away", Windows will automatically be locked.
Under default setting, "Real Time Monitor" is turned off.
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