Showing posts with label pattern lock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pattern lock. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Most Secure Way To Unlock Your Phone, Revealed

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Unlock Devices – Shoulder Surfing Attacks
Researchers have warned that users should stop utilising patterns to unlock their devices. According to latest study it has been observed that it seems much easier for people to glance over your shoulder while the user unlock his phone and memorise a pattern than a passcode.

According to the researchers, the so-called `shoulder surfing attacks’ could be cool for a criminal to intend and execute, though the user can protect themselves by turning to a PIN code and on increasing its length from four digits to six. They acquired more than 1,000 volunteers to pose as attackers, challenging them to memorise a range to unlock authentications of four and six digit PINs and four-and six-length patterns with and without tracing lines, by observing a victim over their shoulder from a variety of angles.

The two handsets utilised in the study were the 5-inch Nexus 5 and 6-inch OnePlus One which according to the researchers were identical to a wide variety of displays and form factors available in the present market for Android as well as iPhone. Moreover the researchers also measured single and various views for the attacker with two different hand positions for the victim for single-handed thumb input as well as two-handed index-finger input.
PINs – Most Secure
They observed from the research that four-length patterns having visible lines had been quite easy to unlock owing to shoulder surfing than any other means to unlock authentication that was tested. Researchers from United States Naval Academy and the University of Maryland commented that they observed that PINs were the most secure to shoulder surfing attacks and though both types of pattern input were poor, patterns without lines provided greater security.

Moreover the length of the input also tends to have an impact and longer authentication seemed more secure to shoulder surging. In addition, if the attacker tends to have multiple-views of the authentication, then the performance of the attacker is greatly improved. During the experiments about 10.8% of six-digit PINs were successful to unlock after a single observation and this figure increased to 26.5% after two observations. Around 62.5% of six-length patterns having tracing lines on the other hand could unlock after a single observation which increased to 79.9% after two observations.
Shorter Patterns More Susceptible
About 35.3% of six-length patterns devoid of tracing lines could unlock after a single viewing which rose to 52.1% after two observations. The researchers stated that shorter patterns had been even more susceptible, adding that even individuals using fingerprint or face-scanning technology for the purpose to unlock their phones need to be wary of their discoveries.

They further stated that biometrics seems to be a promising advancement in mobile authentication, though they can be considers a reaauthenticator or a secondary-authentication device since individual tend to need to have a PIN or pattern which they could enter somewhat often owing to environmental impacts for instance, wet hands.

There are also instances of high false negatives rates linked with biometrics. Besides this user with biometrics tend to opt for weaker PINs in comparison to those without, signifying that the classical unlock authentication tends to be an important attack course going forward. From a separate research published earlier in the year, it was observed that most of the security device patterns can unlock within a span of five attempts.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

How To Add Pattern Lock For Windows!

Pattern Lock
After the smart phones are become popular, the pattern lock system had impressed many of the users. The main reason behind this popularity is, it becomes the trend in the today’s locking system. And also it had replaced all the traditional locking systems which used several usernames and passwords. And the next successful step of the pattern locking system is, it is now introducing for the computers on various operating systems. Several softwares are introduced for applying it in the windows systems by using different patterns.

The following are Pattern Locking Software 



Ø Eusing Maze Lock

First we will discuss about the XUS PC Lock.
One of the very good pattern locking software is XUS PC Lock. Once you have downloaded and installed the software in your computer then you will be taken to define your pattern to lock your system.

Then you can choose your pattern as per you wish in the following square formats such as 5x5, 4x4 and 3x3.
Initially your lock will be chosen as “z” pattern in all of the might think that how to make a pattern on screen to unlock in the computer, for this you can use your mouse to make the pattern to unlock your system.. After making the definite pattern locking system. You will be able to backup the pattern lock in your system. Hence you need not worry if you have forgotten your pattern for unlock your computer.

You can access many features of XUS PC locking software by accessing the settings.

Some of the features of the XUS PC lock software are shown here 
Ø Here you will be enable and disable the Auto lockingsystem at the windows starts up.

Ø In this, you can even set the timing for the automatic lock.

Ø The three modes in which you can set the locks are given below

1) Secured unlock mode

2) Normally unlock mode

3) Dynamically unlock mode.

Ø The Dynamic unlock method will protect you from the key loggers.

Ø You can also able to lock keyboard of your personal computer to avoid unwanted issues on your computer..

Ø Here you will be allowed to set a custom locking background and even you can set a transparent background to your computer.

Ø This software will work fine on windows systems preferably in the windows 7 and windows 8.

Ø The important thing you should notice, this software will not make any changes in your default locking system of the windows. 


Now we will have a look on Eusing Maze Lock 


This Eusing Maze lock also consists of all the features of XUS pattern locking software. This tool can download from the internet for free. Hence this tool is also similar to XUS lock it can be used in the windows systems. The additional feature here found over the XUS lock is it works better even in the windows XP.