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First, Apple’s Face ID captures accurate face data by projecting and analysing thousands of invisible dots using the TrueDepth camera. It maps all of your wrinkles and curves and stores that information as a key to unlock your phone.

Face ID adjusts to changes in your appearance, such as wearing makeup or growing facial hair. Face ID confirms your identity by using your passcode before updating your face data when there is a more significant change in your appearance, such as shaving your beard. Isn’t that cool?

Face ID works with hats, scarves, glasses, contact lenses, face masks, and sunglasses. According to Apple, there is a one-in-a-million chance that someone else’s face can unlock your iPhone. That’s useful to know.

What about your appearance?

One common concern is that someone could unlock your phone while you’re sleeping. The good news is that these systems generally do not function when your eyes are closed.

What’s the bad news? There is a way to get around this safeguard built into your phone. I’ll show you how to avoid this in the future.

Everything is in the eyes.

Smartphones include accessibility features for people who have vision, hearing, or mobility issues. You can enlarge the text on your screen or have the phone dictate what appears on it. If you have difficulty touching the screen or pressing buttons on your iPhone, AssistiveTouch can assist you.

These are critical tools for those who require them, but there is one setting that could jeopardise your security. Face ID also includes an accessibility feature to assist people who are blind or have low vision. You don’t have to open your eyes to unlock your phone with this setting.

While some people require this, if your vision is not impaired, you should not use it. Here’s where you can find it:

Go to Accessibility > Face ID & Attention in the Settings menu.

• Ensure that Require Attention for Face ID is turned on.

While this setting is enabled by default, anyone who has access to your phone could disable and unlock it while you are sleeping. That’s a terrifying thought, so a quick check here is well worth it.

Note: If you enabled VoiceOver during the initial setup, this accessibility setting is automatically disabled.

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