Security specialist McAfee has pushed facial and voice recognition into the cloud service arena with the launch of its LiveSafe service.
The service includes a cloud-based McAfee Personal Locker, that uses biometric scans of the voice and face of the user to ensure that only they get access to the contents.
A user's picture and voice recording is taken during activation and sent to the cloud server. When the user wants access they provide a fresh picture and voice sample that go through an encrypted channel to be verified against the biometrics on the server.
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It can be accessed from any device, and also involves Intel Identity Protection Technology.
McAfee has struck a deal with Dell for the relevant software to be installed on its PCs and ultrabooks, to be available from early June. It will also be available from some retailers for a £19.99 12-month subscription with a new PC or tablet from July, with a £79.99 12-month subscription for existing devices.