So here’s the situation: you’re an iPhone user who needs a way to lock and unlock your photo folder securely – or at least a particular album in your photo folder – but for some reason, you’re notoriously bad at memorizing a four-digit lock code… or maybe you’re so predictable that people can easily guess that one four-digit code you use on everything (it’s your birthday, right?). Anyway, something that you might need just landed on the App Store. Called FaceVault, the app basically comes with a face recognition feature that gives you a memory-free way of locking and unlocking your stored content. All you need is a face.
The app is basically a tweaked version of Android 4.0’s stock Face Unlock feature, but since Apple won’t allow devs to tweak the lock screen, this app is pretty limited to locking and unlocking certain photo albums.
Of course, there are tons of available apps that do the same thing, but the biometric feature on this app is what makes it unique (and useful for people who can’t remember their own PIN codes). To set it up, you need to line your face up (using the front-facing camera) on screen while the system recognizes your facial features, which it will later use to unlock your folders. As a backup, the app will also require you to draw an unlock pattern in case the system can’t do the face-detection thing (low-light conditions might be a challenge).
FaceVault is powered by Face.com’s engine though, and will need an online connection to grant you permission from their servers. The need for a data connection would also prove to be a downside, since it could take some time to get permission. On the plus side, it also has a feature that takes and stores a photo of failed log in attempts, which will let you check out who’s been messing with your phone.
FaceVault costs $0.99 from the App Store.