We have a positive dilemma: How to describe FaceGuard accurately in a few seconds? On the surface, FaceGuard is a “face-based” password manager. Not to be confused with “faith-based” as FaceGuard employs hard science for the generation and encryption of passwords in tandem with empirical and documented research confirming the efficacy of the human ability to accurately and reliably recognize familiar faces.  White papers are available on the FaceGuard web site.

FaceGuard is also an optional ‘lock screen’. When you set your device down or walk away from your computer, a shield or privacy cover appears. Such a function fits with FaceGuard’s overarching goal of providing a security tool.  Disclaimer:  Apple requires a password for initial access. There is no way around that numeric rule as even they embarrassingly learned demonstrating their version of face recognition (the algorithm).  Google’s Android system does allow lock screens as an alternative to a password but as of 2018, the user must opt-in to enjoy the advantages.

FaceGuard enables the user to assign websites to categories plus designate positions within the groups. That feature is a form of organizer. As well, website details and contacts plus credit card data and personal info are securely stored via the military-spec secure FaceGuard database for convenience.

But all the above is still with the definition of a password manager. Where FaceGuard is truly different is as a memory machine. And that’s where the description requires an explanation… perhaps even a fraction of faith till experienced for yourself.

Imagine a matrix of faces. Let’s say there are only nine (9). There can be sixteen (16) or twenty-four (24), but for this part, the number doesn’t matter. What’s important is all are unknown except one (1). In testing, the average time to spot the familiar face within the crowd is about two (2) seconds – give or take a tenth. Younger folks with faster eye/hand coordination do better.

That’s not the magic. What happens within the mind is the mystery. You see, when tapping the familiar face, the brain brings forth memories. They occur in an instant. It is as if time and space collapse and you are with that person once again. It may simply be the recollection of room where you both were. Or it may be a much more poignant reminiscence of someone who has passed or has moved away and is deeply missed. The image sensation, the feeling, the memory… they are beyond passwords. They reduce letters, numbers and symbols to tedious insignificance when compared to the gifts your mind presents with each face rediscovered. Is FaceGuard a mechanism for passwords – yes. But that’s not its real power. FaceGuard elicits fresh feelings each time it’s tapped as those familiar faces touch you.