PurpleJelly are proud to offer professional IT support services to our Surrey clients and help keep local businesses up and running properly without the threat of major security risks looming over them. As IT specialists who do our best to keep our clients secure, we like to keep up to date with the latest news about security in technology, including developments in verification systems, such as new developments in so-called ‘selfie payments’.
Amazon has submitted a patent in the US which reveals plans for the company to start accepting selfies as a method a payment verification method in future, which follows hot on the heels of MasterCard’s ‘selfiepay’, which allows users to log in with selfies or fingerprints instead of pins and passwords.
Amazon’s patent differs from MasterCard in that it intends to utilise a double verification system that would use a two picture process to guarantee identity; the user would be asked to do something specific like blink one eye in order to ensure that a potential thief wasn’t just using a static picture of the intended target, which is a possible security threat in standard facial recognition systems.
The increased use of mobile devices and the rise of e-commerce means that companies are looking for ways to make purchasing from them via touch screens a lot simpler and more hassle free – many users struggle to type in information accurately on phones and tablets, especially more complicated passwords that are often used to protect accounts linked to payment information.
Development of alternative security systems is also on the rise in an effort to safeguard people in an ever more connected world. Some users might use easily guessed passwords for their accounts which are lot less secure than something like facial recognition. It is hoped that the inability for identity thieves to guess or copy passwords will help keep customers more secure, as well as deter children from using their parents cards to do things like make in-app purchases (as, after all, children can easily remember parents passwords, but won’t be able to circumvent a two-step facial recognition process!).