FaceLock: Locking down your phone apps and unlocking with your face

April 16, 2012
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    Face Unlock and Android Beam are two of the new features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But, for Android phones running Android 2.3.6 and higher, you can still enjoy the face unlocking feature from Android 4.0 ICS via the FaceLock app.

    Created by SmartApps Mobile, the FaceLock app allows you to use your face as a key to unlock and access your non-ICS Android phone. What’s more is that you don’t need a front camera to use this app. The app can utilize your rear camera to unlock your mobile phone. Read on so you will learn how this app works and how can it protect your mobile phone.

    Launching the FaceLock for apps will bring you to its main menu which consist of options that lets you customize the app’s performance. To enable FaceLock on your mobile phone, tap the Enable FaceLock button from the main menu. This will activate the app on your phone.

    The FaceLock also allows the users to take pictures of themselves and train the app to identify its owners. To begin training the app, tap the Train face recognition button to begin taking pictures. The app will require you to take at least 7 pictures of yourselves at different angles and different lighting conditions. You can shave your beard on the first photo, wear your glasses on the second, give a smiling face at the third, hide in a dark place, and so on until the app has enough pictures to detect your face. You can even take pictures of your trusted friends and allow them to unlock your phone.

    Like the Face Unlock feature of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, FaceLock also has a plan B in case it doesn’t recognize its owner. The app will prompt the user to type-in the PIN, password, or pattern-based unlock key. You can set the password or PIN by tapping Set password / PIN from the app’s main menu. The pattern-based unlock features are only available in the pro version of FaceLock.

    The FaceLock app also protects the Settings, Task Manager, and Google Play on your mobile phone. FaceLock will kick-in whenever you access these areas on your phone. The app also allows you to lock applications on your phone. For the pro version of FaceLock, you can select unlimited applications and set the app as a lock screen on your mobile phone.

    What’s more is that you don’t need a front camera to enjoy these features. The app can utilize the rear camera to unlock your phone. As long as your phone is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and higher, you don’t need a front-facing camera to enjoy Face Unlock on your Android phone.

    Other options included in the app are Security level, Locking options, and Camera options.

    FaceLock is a fun and secure to way to unlock your phone using your face. Download the FaceLock for apps for free from the Google Play Store. You can also enjoy extensive protection at a small a price by downloading FaceLock for apps Pro.

    What security app do you use to protect and secure your Android phone?

    Comments

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Tan-Piengco/100000333318421 Mark Tan-Piengco

      amm, can u turn off the phone even if its locked? (with that app) coz if i cant find the phone or it has been stolen by someone being unable to turn it off would be nice, so that i can make it ring to know its location..

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