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A vulnerable systemAndroid’s pattern lock means the device’s user has to draw a pattern by connecting dots in order to access the phone.
The Pattern Lock system is used on millions of Android phones.
Professor Zheng Wang says all of the research suggests that a better authentication mechanism is needed to protect personal data.
Researchers from Lancaster University found that by filming a person’s finger movements as they use Android’s Pattern Lock system, it is possible to crack the code and access devices.
Professor Zheng Wang and his team from Lancaster University found that the harder passwords were easier to crack.
Your Android device’s Pattern Lock can be cracked within five attempts
More information: Ye, Guixin and Tang, Zhanyong and Fang, Dingyi and Chen, Xiaojiang and Kim, Kwang In and Taylor, Ben and Wang, Zheng (2016) Cracking Android pattern lock in five attempts.
However, our findings suggest that using Pattern Lock to protect sensitive information could actually be very risky.”
Dr Zheng Wang, principle investigator and co-author of the paper, and Lecturer at Lancaster University, said: “Pattern Lock is a very popular protection method for Android Devices.
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Pattern Lock is a security measure that protects devices, such as mobile phones or tablets, and which is preferred by many to PIN codes or text passwords.
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Android Pattern Lock Able to be Cracked in Five AttemptsThe Pattern Lock system is just like a PIN code that you would find on other devices.
New research is showing though that the Pattern Lock system is really easy to crack.
The Pattern Lock system allows you to create your own special pattern, that only you know, in order to unlock your Android device.
This was the first time anyone has shown how vulnerable the Android Pattern Lock system is, and how easily it can be cracked.
All someone has to do is video the owner of the Android device inputting their Pattern Lock overall shape onto the Android device.