iPhone X Unlocked by Friend’s Face – Nanjing Woman Surprised!

Face ID is one of the most interesting aspects of iPhone X. This innovative feature uses the TrueDepth camera of iPhone X to analyze and project over 30,000 invisible dots in order to create a depth map of a user’s face. That created face map is then read by an infrared camera on the device to unlock the phone with that specific user’s face.

iPhone X Face Unlock Issue - iPhone X Unlocked by Friend's Face

While Face ID is easy, quick, and awesome, it is not as seamless as Apple promises. A woman from Nanjing named Yan recently found out that the Face ID on her newly purchased iPhone X does not work as expected because no matter how she configured it, her iPhone X got unlocked by her lookalike coworker’s face.

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Yan called Apple’s hotline for help but they denied the reduced accuracy of Face ID. However, she purchased a new iPhone X the very next day and faced the same problem again. Her coworker was able to unlock the new device with her face as well. Apple Store offered to fully refund Yan, providing she was unsatisfied with it.

Source: Nanjing woman surprised to find her iPhone X can be unlocked by her friend’s face

Other iPhone X Face Unlock Issues

1 iPhone X Unlocked by Twins

Recently, Mashable carried out an iPhone X face recognition unlock test to see whether it can identify twins or not. They got in touch with two sets twins, both of the twin sets are brothers. The process of this test is to let one brother register his face on iPhone X, and then give it to his twin brother to try to unlock it.

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However, the results were disappointed: with both sets of twins, the other twin unlocked the iPhone X easily. Face ID failed to tell the difference.

Source: The iPhone X can't tell the difference between identical twins

2 iPhone X Unlocked by Son

Yes, twins can unlock each other's iPhone X. But kids accessing their parents' devices raises different concerns. A new video has surfaced of an iPhone X Face ID being unlocked by a 10-year old kid. The owner of this iPhone X is his mom.

While Apple is still denying the accuracy of Face ID, it is evident from the above scenario that this newly introduced feature is far from perfect and makes private data on iPhone X vulnerable to hacks and leaks.

Source: Watch a 10-year-old's face unlock his mom's iPhone X

Privacy Leak Issue - iCloud Leaks of Celebrity Photos

On August 31, 2014, hundreds of revealing, semi-nude, and nude photos of female celebrities were stolen from their private collections and leaked overnight. Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kristen Dunst, and Kate Upton were among many of the celebrities shown in the photos. Hacked photos were posted on notorious web forum 4chan.

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The method to obtain the photos is somewhat unclear. According to anonymous 4chan users, the images were stolen from iCloud accounts of celebrities however Apple stated that it was caused by a breach in one of Apple’s online services such as Find My iPhone or iCloud. iCloud is an Apple’s service that allows iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to synchronize photos, settings, calendar data, as well as other information between devices. After this leak, these services of Apple have been criticized for being confusing and unreliable.

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First, it was thought that the hackers may have gained access to iCloud accounts via a security hole in “Find My iPhone” online service of Apple, allowing them to conduct brute-force attacks. Along with the brute-force attacks, hackers used a script to automatically attempt numerous different username and password combinations in quick succession until the right combination was guessed.

Later, the hacker who posted the photos on 4chan confirmed that the pictures were indeed obtained through celebrities’ iCloud accounts. A group of over 100 actresses, artists, and athletes were embroiled in the massive leak after some time. This leak is now considered to be one of the biggest celebrity leaks in history.

Source: iCloud Leaks of Celebrity Photos

How to Avoid Privacy Leak on iPhone X

Protecting your private data is extremely important. No matter how advanced the cloud technology may get, you can never have the assurance that your private data will be 100% safe. Only by manually erasing your data permanently you can get that satisfaction. And when it comes it permanently erasing data on iDevice, there is no better alternative than iMyFone Umate Pro. This is the ultimate iPhone data eraser available on the market. It offers tons of useful features.

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How to Avoid Privacy Leak on iPhone X

Step 1: First download and install Umate Pro on your computer and then launch it. Then connect your iPhonx X to your computer. It will be automatically detected by Umate Pro.

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Step 2: Now click on Erase Private Data tab on the software and click on the Scan button to scan your connected iDevice. All your private data will be listed by the software once the scan is finished.

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Step 3: Select the files you wish to permanently erase, then click Erase Now button.

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Step 4: On the next page, you will be able to select security level of deletion. Make your preferred selection and then type ‘delete’ in the provided textbox.

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Step 5: Click the Erase Now button to start the data deletion process. All your private iPhone data will be permanently deleted after these steps.

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