Paying with Your Selfie

By ch1c0nta@ctus 11.06.2015 blog

Selfies, they are that photographic form that turned into a worldwide craze in the mid 2000’s; the ones that gave us all control over creating flattering self- portraits that flooded social media platforms. But now, selfies have taken on another meaningful purpose.

Credit Card Company MasterCard is testing a face-recognition software that will use a selfie, instead of a password, to make online purchases. The feature is referred to as “selfie pay,” and all it requires is that you position your face in the camera, as you would do for a selfie, blink, and voilà; you’re done, your purchase is confirmed.

Ajay Bhalla, MasterCard’s  President of Enterprise Security Solutions, says not only is the selfie payment option an alternate route to remembering passwords, but it is also a huge step in preventing identify fraud.

“All of us want a payment experience that is safe as well as simple, not one or the other,” said Bhalla on the company’s webpage.

And your selfies are never stored. Rather, you are prompted to snap a new selfie with every transaction that you make, which prevents hackers from finding an existing photo, scanning it, and using it to make a purchase. Now, there isn’t a definite release date for this technology, but it’s gearing up to allow 500 people to test its service in coming months.

So what do you think? Could paying with a selfie be the next big thing? Vote and share your thoughts in the comments!


  1. Jessica M.

    What about the people who edit their photos?

    • lakisha archer

      yea it will be the next big thing

  2. Paris

    Selfie pay shouldn’t be the next big thing. What if someone steals and selfie you took and uses to buy things they want.

    • Taylor

      Unless they can make your stolen selfie blink this would not be an issue.

  3. Maggie

    I don’t think it’s wise to pay with your Selfie, sure, it may be fun, but someone could buy things off the Internet just by taking a picture of you! Depending on the item, that may not feel good for your wallet.

  4. danan

    i think it is you dont have to put in all that card information

  5. Kylie

    If you have a twin it could recongnize the face as your own. It is a horrible idea

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