Facial recognition is no longer something that you see in science fiction movies or only in specialized industries. We have smartphones on the market right now that put facial recognition technology into your pocket, look no further than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung. Apple’s iPhone X that’s due next month also touts this technology. So we’ll see increased use of this technology in the future which is why it’s not surprising to hear that Facebook is testing facial recognition as a method of recovering a lost account.

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TheNextWeb’s Matt Navarra reports that Facebook is testing a new facial recognition feature which will help users secure their Facebook accounts.

This is going to be particularly useful when someone is in a place where they can’t receive the SMS message for two-factor authentication. This will enable them to log into their account even if they forget their password.

Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s testing a new feature “for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process.” So it’s not a new way of logging into your Facebook app, just a new method of recovering your account.

It’s an optional feature that’s available only on devices that users have already used to log in. “It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that were taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity,” Facebook adds.

Facebook might eventually roll out this feature to more users across the globe if it proves to be reliable.

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