We take it back. Face ID isn’t so secure after all?

You’ll recall that we talked about the safety of the iPhone X’s Face ID. We concluded that it was safe. Well about that, we’re going to have to take it back. Apple’s website states that ‘Your face is your secure password’. That statement is misleading, however.

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Hackers previously broke into phones secured via the older technology Touch ID quite quickly in the past, which led to major concerns and doubts of Apple’s claims. The same can be anticipated about Face ID. Hackers are going to view the claims that Face ID is secure as a challenge and expose the flaws of the system.

“None of these systems are flawless. And you’ll see it with Apple. They can be defeated. Somebody will do that,” said Tom Grissen, CEO of biometrics firm Daon, whose clients include USAA and MasterCard.

Moreover, he says, Apple didn’t create Face ID to improve security. “They did this because they couldn’t find an acceptable way to put the Touch ID sensor into the new screen without interfering with their design goals.”

Some experts say that facial recognition is quite frankly too underdeveloped at this point, compared with the more fully developed fingerprint scanner. “Experts in the field widely agree that facial-recognition technology is not as accurate as fingerprint technology. Period,” Jonathan Frankle, a PhD student from MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative, told Mashable.

One major concern that keeps coming to mind for me is the fact that Apple itself could use the data to benefit other sectors of its business. For example, they could sell it to third parties for surveillance purposes, or receive requests from law enforcement to access it facial-recognition system.

I myself will not be buying the new iPhone and trying out the Face ID feature until more research is done and the system has been tried and developed many more times.

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What employers search for on your social media: 4 things to avoid

If you think that your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles won’t be looked at when you’re applying for a job, think again. It has become common now for most employers to search through candidates’ social media accounts as part of the hiring process. It’s not only social media accounts that are being looked at. Up to 70% of employers are also using online search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing to research potential employees and job applicants, compared to just 59% last year.

However, don’t go deleting all your social media accounts! Employers are also looking for reasons to hire you! One-quarter of hiring managers expect candidates to have some sort of online presence, and nearly 60 percent are less likely to call someone in for interview if they can’t find them online.

These are some of the things you should make sure are not on your profile:

1. Inappropriate photos. This is the first and most obvious thing to avoid
having on any of your social media profiles. While this is common sense for
most of us, it still seems to be happening on some peoples’ ends. So, make
sure those questionable photos from that night out are offline and away from
future employers’ eyes. It’s a good idea to scroll all the way back and look
through old photos on your social media accounts to truly make sure there is
nothing there that could make employers not hire you.

2. Complaining about your job. Even if you’ve had the most terrible day at
work, it’s never a good idea to complain about your workplace or your job
online. Not only will you appear as being ungrateful for the job that you’ve
have, but it can also get you into trouble with your current employer or
future employer later on— who may find it easier to stumble upon your post
than you think. Future employers who read your post will most likely end up
drawing the conclusion that you are an uncooperative and unprofessional
candidate.

3. Politically charged controversial comments. If you’re worried about
offending potential employers, it’s not a good idea to post political rants or
religiously-motivated opinions on your Facebook or Twitter. While it may be
acceptable to share news articles or tag your friends in videos to generate
discussion among your circle of friends, you should think twice before posting
something that could be viewed taken out of context.

4. Offensive jokes and posts. More than often, employers are searching for
clues in your social media that highlight traits in your personality and .
character that show you are suitable for the job, such as being a good .
communicator and being respectful. Making discriminatory remarks or jokes
targeted towards a group or individual will not exactly paint you in the
perfect light for employers, so it’s best you avoid negative comments related
to race, gender or religion. It won’t do you any favours.

5 things you shouldn’t be posting on social media

Even if you think that you have your Facebook privacy settings under control, it’s still pretty difficult to control where your posts and photos end up. Sometimes, there are things we post that we don’t realise are compromising our safety. Just to stay on the safe side, there are a few things that you should avoid posting about online. Think twice before posting:

1. Your vacation plans. So you get super excited about that holiday you’ve
been waiting to go on for months and you post a countdown to the departure
date or a check-in at the airport. Harmless right? Think again. A post from
the airport or your vacation destination can give clues to pesky thieves that
you aren’t at home and probably won’t be for a while. While this is harmless
when seen by your close friends, this information can tip off robbers that
your home is empty and easily accessible. There are countless cases where
burglars have ended up selecting a home to rob after they have seen
information from social media posts and check-ins.

2. A video or photo tour of your house. Although it’s tempting to post a full
photo or video tour to show off your newly purchased or redecorated or house,
you should stick to posting a few limited close-ups at most. A full tour can
give criminals a great idea about your home’s layout, which makes it break in
and make their way around.

3. Full birthdate. The date of your birth is one of the biggest pieces of
information that a criminal would need to commit identity theft against you.
Sometimes this piece of information is automatically filled in for your social
media profiles, such as Facebook. It’s a good idea to double check that this
isn’t on your Facebook or any other accounts and manually remove it. No one
wants to get into those sticky situations where you get your identity stolen.

4. Phone number. Visa found some 29% of people admitted to sharing their phone
number online. While you may want your friends to be able to contact you, it’s
not such a sweet situation if your real phone number falls into the wrong
hands. It’s possible that someone can work out your location using a reverse
phone number lookup tool.

5. Clues to your passwords. This one might not be so obvious but you should
avoid unnecessary posts about your childhood pets, the town where you grew up,
or your mother’s maiden name— all pieces of information that a hacker could
use against you. Plus, these are things that your social network doesn’t
really need to know.

-JP