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The PIN for a smartphone can be revealed by its camera and microphone, researchers have warned.
Using a programme called PIN Skimmer a team from the University of Cambridge found that codes entered on a number-only soft keypad could be identified. The software watches your face via the camera and listens to clicks through the microphone as you type.
Though you’d expect the PS4 Eye to be able to capture your image and connect it to your PSN profile, that’s not actually the case. Sony’s only allowing integration with Facebook accounts as a means of pulling real-world photos into PSN. And if you don’t happen to have a Facebook account, well, you’re out of luck. The only other option is to choose from the avatars Sony makes available, much like the current PSN setup for PS3 and PS Vita.
For the sake of privacy, Sony’s made it so public profiles will revert to a user’s PSN ID. That means real names won’t just show up in your Friends list by default. To enable them, you’ll have to enter settings and specifically request access from each friend. That will also impact how you search for friends, since you’ll need their PSN ID to at least initially make contact.
Before today’s PlayStation 4 preview event, Sony hadn’t gone into great deal about the PS4 Eye camera’s extended functions. Sure, we’d heard about the vague possibilities of voice commands and facial recognition, but the particulars were shrouded in mystery. Well, we now know that you can launch games and even shut down the system with speech alone, but you can also set the system to log into your account via face unlock alone.