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CommBank and Westpac now offering Face ID security on its banking apps

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Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank have adopted Face ID to allow customers using Apple’s new iPhone X’s new facial recognition technology to have secure access to their accounts.

The iPhone X doesn’t have a home button and therefore no way to use your fingerprint so Apple introduced Face ID which maps your face and uses it to unlock the device.

Banks adopted Touch ID fingerprint security on their mobile apps and Commonwealth Bank and Westpac haven’t wasted any time adopting the new technology.

“Westpac supported Apple’s launch of Face ID technology for the new iPhone X, allowing customers to log in to our mobile banking apps across all brands, Westpac, St George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne,” says Travis Tyler, general manager, consumer digital at Westpac.

“Our customers want simpler, faster log ins when banking on the go.

“We may also update our banking apps to support facial recognition for Android in the future if that becomes available.”

Commonwealth Bank and Westpac were both offering Face ID on the day the iPhone X launched on November 3.

According to Apple, Face ID is even more secure than Touch ID with a one in a million chance of being compromised against a one in 50,000 chance with a fingerprint.

And Face ID information never leaves the iPhone but developers, including banks, can utilise the facial data from the phone with the user’s consent as long as they don’t offer it to third parties.

This also why apps don’t even need updating when Face ID replaces Touch ID.

The API (application programming interface) for Face ID is exactly the same.

Developers say if an app had Touch ID and that app was used on an iPhone X, Face ID would just work in its place.

But there have been cases where identical twins and siblings that aren’t twins have been able to fool Face ID on the iPhone X.

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Apple even jokingly referred to Face ID’s supposed vulnerability with identical twins and the company’s senior vice president Phil Schiller said the one in a million chance of unlocking your iPhone X is “lower if that person shares a close genetic relationship with you”.

“If you happen to have an evil twin you really need to protect your passcode,” Schiller added at the September 12 launch of the iPhone X.

We’ve seen identical twins fool the iPhone X and new videos have emerged showing brothers five years apart and step brothers unlocking the same device with their faces.