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How secure your Android Unlock Pattern ACTUALLY is.

Feb 27, 2020
the

pattern

unlock

is more

secure

than you might think, and in an age where smartphone users are increasingly concerned about their security, I wanted to see how it stacked up against the fingerprint sensor and face scanner, for what

unlock

pattern

s on

android

phones generally follow three rules a there must be a minimum of four pins connected there must be intermediate points included in the pattern order you can't have one directly connected to three without including two unless there are already used two and see one contact point can only be used once which means a maximum of nine points now even if you only used four of those nine pins there are 1624 different combinations you could end up with so if someone did nick

your

phone you might expect zero point zero six percent chance of getting in if that sounds hard then with five pins you're looking at seven thousand one hundred fifty two pos bilities and this increases exponentially with the number of pins, except nine, which is the same. as eight because each of these nine-pin patterns is made by taking an eight-pin button and connecting it to the last remaining pin, and because its shape can be anything from a four-dot pattern to a nine-dot pattern, their combinations totals are an accumulation of these numbers, so in total three hundred and eighty nine thousand one hundred and twelve this gives an outsider a false acceptance rate or a chance to pass by attempt a zero point zero zero zero three percent considering that the Most Android phones will lock after ten attempts or less.
how secure your android unlock pattern actually is
It's

actually

impossibly complicated to follow a basic pattern, as long as you follow a few simple precautions, firstly, don't leave fingerprints on

your

phone, which would reveal where you're by swiping the screen to unlock it so it doesn't accidentally show up. someone sitting behind you, your pattern is fairly easy to avoid by simply turning off the option that shows the path of your finger and three you walk away from bias As people are biased towards patterns that make sense, whether it's recognizable shapes or the first letter of its name the L pattern in particular is perhaps the most common and also probably a thief's first guess if you're using an iPhone and you're setting up a six digit PIN it's a pretty simple calculation there are ten digits on the screen and for each number in your PIN you can use any of these ten digits, so the number of possibilities is 10 to the power of six or a million, which

actually

makes it even more

secure

than the pattern with a false acceptance rate of 0.0001 per cent, as long as you don't do something silly and write a whole row of ones, okay?
how secure your android unlock pattern actually is

More Interesting Facts About,

how secure your android unlock pattern actually is...

So what about biometric authentication? It's a bit more difficult to measure, so we're going to have to use some ballpark estimates, the false acceptance rate for a biometric unlock is the chance that a random average user will manage to use their own biometric data to get into their device, obviously this number will rise and fall based on how similar someone is to you and how genetically related they are to you, but we're just looking at averages. The most basic biometric scanning at the moment is 2D face scanning, which is the equivalent of using face unlock on your oneplus 60 and for this. there's a 0.1% fake accept rate, so about one in a thousand people could get into your phone, which when you compare it to the 0.0001 percent we saw on the pin doesn't seem so good, but what about a fingerprint scanner?
how secure your android unlock pattern actually is
Modern phones have something we call a capacitive sensor that uses electrical currents to map your finger, and compared to you, a 2D Face Unlock is about 50 times more secure with Apple's Touch ID false acceptance estimating at around 0.002% mark which is actually the minimum level of security recommended to authenticate payments, but then going up another level, you have a facial ID that shoppers 30,000 points on your face and then they use an infrared sensor to detect the contours in three dimensions, you take that number and multiply it by another twenty, which gets you to that magical number one in a million or 0.0001 percent, exactly the same as the iPhone pin, but actually where it gets really interesting is if you have a device Rooted Android and you're willing to do some tweaking, you can set up a four by four grid, a five by five grid, or even a six by six grid is obviously not a convenient solution but this whole video is just kind of funny its pretty theoretical and this would explain eventually increasing your security and moving the potential number of patterns to vary roughly millions with a 4x4, tens of millions for a 5x5 and hundreds of millions for a 6x6 making it the hardest security to crack with a 6x6 grid the probability of a successful attempt is less than zero point zero zero zero zero zero zero one percent now this could making biometric technology seem pretty underwhelming by comparison but there are two key things to keep in mind mind number one the same person let's say a UNIX thief your phone can try multiple patterns but if it happens their face is different from yours and a fingerprint looks nothing like yours, then you have virtually zero chance of getting biometrically logged in, no matter how many times try it and number two is that all of these methods are actually more than secure enough that your main concern is not that someone is going to get through them, but rather that someone will find a way around them. your PIN can be as complex as you want, but it won't matter if a thief has software that can get through security, so what are the key points?
how secure your android unlock pattern actually is
All unlock methods are safe as long as you set them well. When using a pin, avoid using a string of zeros and if you're following a pattern, stay away from conventional shapes and letters, and definitely don't use a fingerprint scanner L C and face scanners are faster than entering a pin or a pattern so it's not exactly like Surprise that this is what we're gravitating towards and state of the art D ultrasonic fingerprint scanners are just around the corner for many people and with this it will be an order of magnitude better for reject false attempts as you move from 2D to 3D scanning.
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