MasterCard unveils plans to launch ‘selfie’ password

According to MasterCard says its algorithms can also tell if someone is attempting to cheat the system by using a video or photo. (Photo archives)

With credit card companies attempting to incorporate the latest technologies into their transactions, the latest to join in MasterCard who recently decided to potentially launch a “pay by selfie” instead of using the commonly-used 4-pin password.

MasterCard says it plans to bring "selfie pay" security checks to more than a dozen countries.

To use “selfie pay” as MasterCard has dubbed it, customers will have to download an app to their phone or tablet.

After entering their credit card information as normal during an online payment, they'll hold their device up to their face to take a quick picture. To ensure added security, customers will have to blink to prove that they're not holding a photo in front of the camera.

According to MasterCard says its algorithms can also tell if someone is attempting to cheat the system by using a video.

A version of this article first appeared in Arabic on AlArabiya.Net
 

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