BioLock To Bring Biometric Security (Iris Scanner, Facial Recognition) To Android

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    BioLock To Bring Biometric Security (Iris Scanner, Facial Recognition) To Android In Late August


    Smartphones are rapidly taking over some daily functions previously dominated by our laptops and personal computers, so securing these mobile devices is becoming an increasingly important issue. Information thieves are after your data via malicious software from which you can reasonably protect yourself by being careful; but what about physical device thieves?

    There have been a few solutions, such as the native lock screen options (particularly in Froyo) and various remote lock/wipe/track apps, such as WaveSecure, but a new solution is about to become available – BioLock, a biometric security app from Blue Planet Apps.

    BioLock


    BioLock provides three levels of security, and you can use as many or as few as you’d like at once. One is simply a PIN, while the other two make sure no one but you can access your phone. The iris scan mode uses the camera on your phone (front-facing or regular) to recognize your eye, while the facial recognition mode does exactly what you would expect – uses your face to unlock the phone.

    According to the application author, in case someone were to try to unlock the phone using a picture of you with facial recognition, it wouldn’t work – the app can determine if the face is real or not based on whether it is blinking or not, as well as several other factors. The app also takes facial features that can change, such as a beard or mustache, into account.

    What if someone steals your phone while it isn’t locked? To handle this case, BioLock allows you to protect specific apps, contacts, or data using the same methods we just discussed. If you’re a security nut or simply have a lot of important personal data stored on your phone, BioLock may be the perfect solution.

    When And How Much


    A private beta of BioLock is expected within the next 2 weeks. When the beta period ends, BioLock will move to the Android Market with a ballpark price of around $2.99 and a 14 day trial, Jason, the app’s creator, told us in an email exchange (subject to change).

    Conclusion


    To see if the app can really do what it promises to do and do it well, we will be taking the beta for a spin as soon as it becomes available and reporting right back. The idea is quite intriguing but we are wondering how accurate the recognition will be and just how fast a scan will be possible, considering it takes a bit to load the camera. Watch this space for our review in the near future.

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    This is awesome, im going to see if i can sign up for the beta anywhere online, kinda getting tired of typing in my pin to unlock the phone but like it because its more secure than just swiping the lock button to the right.
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    I wonder if they really got this to work. That'd be amazing, I wouldn't mind using my eye to unlock my phone..although it would be rather annoying to continuously do since I only have a normal droid.
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    Don't mean to overload their forum page, but I just applied/signed up for the beta testing program, so hopefully they will have something out soon to test.
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    How did you find the sign up link? i cant find it anywhere.
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    Dragonfly - I went to the Blue Planet website and visited the forum link. The developer/company has several products and BioLock was down a ways on the page, but there was a specific thread for beta testing. It does require that you sign up, but was very easy to do and straightforward. Hope this helps.
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    Thanks boss :)
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    Looks interesting. I've signed up to test.
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