Saturday, October 12, 2019

Face ID, Password, PIN or Fingerprint, Which is The Best Way to Lock Your Smartphone?

With the amount of personal data we keep on our phones for our personal use, security is essential. Android phones are encrypted by default, and provide multiple methods for locking and unlocking them. Some are more secure, while others more convenient to use. So, the question is which is the best secure way to unlock your device?

Pin Code: A PIN code is a simple alternative to a password. A strong PIN code can be difficult to remember, but easier to enter than a password. Android allows PINs of up to 16 digits, which equates to 10 quadrillion combinations.

Most people are more likely to choose a four digit PIN which may be difficult to guess so long as you don’t use something obvious like 1234 or 5555.

Pattern Lock: The pattern lock requires you to draw a pattern on a grid of nine dots. You need to join between four and all nine horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. It is easy to use, simple and likely predictable.

Pattern lock is only recommended if you don’t have a fingerprint ID scanner and you dislike Pin codes.

Finger Print ID: Fingerprint sensors are now so common you even get them in many entry-level phones. It has become the preferred unlock method for many. It is fast and secure but fingers are not always position in the right spot. Some phones even support fingerprint gestures.

Password: In my opinion, a randomly generated long password is still the most secure way to lock a phone. A strong password or better yet, a passphrase can be difficult if not impossible to crack, and will ensure your phone and everything on it remains safe.

Some of the mobile phones are even programmed to advice us to use this as it seems to be safer than others as you can see in the screenshot below;

Safer Way to Lock Your Phone

Face ID Recognition: Fast and unlocks your phone with just a glance. Not very secure in its current form.

In your own view, which unlock technology do you think is more secure to use and which do you currently use?

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