The way we make payments in our daily lives is slowly but surely taking on a more digital aspect. Cashless transactions are on the rise in most parts of the world, and the time has come to introduce some new payment methods. But one of the things we have to keep in mind is that security and customer data protection remain a key factor. Will facial recognition be the answer to our security problems? Mastercard sure seems to think so.
Authorising Online Payments With a…Selfie?
If there’s one thing history has shown us, it is that facial recognition is a powerful security measure, yet it also has some key flaws that need to be ironed out. Mastercard has come up with a new idea to make facial recognition more secure – their implementation will force the user to blink whenever they want to authorise an online payment.
According to the information provided to us by a Mastercard spokesperson, the blinking motion would circumvent one of facial recognition’s major flaws: holding up a still photo of a face to gain access. That being said, playing a recording of someone’s face while they are blinking may bypass