Device security May 10 2016, 0 Comments

Security and privacy are a major concern right now whenever a new operating system is released, and developers are now fighting for the title of the 'most secure operating system'. And we have seen various improvements to security recently, including Samsung Knox, Smart Locks and fingerprint readers; all supposed to enhance security while making access by the owner easy. This is quite difficult, making security easy for just one person and impossible for the rest, and let me show you how:

Fingerprint security

You're probably thinking I'm about to explain a scenario from a James Bond movie where your fingerprints are 'lifted' from a cup you used at a restaurant or a water bottle. But the reality is actually quite dull; all it takes is someone to catch you napping, hold the phone against tour finger and voila, they are in. Keep in mind, fingerprint security is now being used to authorize Play Store purchases and PayPal transactions, so this is no joke.

If someone is really conscious about security, they had better keep away from using this technology. True security is only available in your mind, and even a 4-digit pin is much more secure than your thumb print.

Smart locks

Several smart locks are now available to devices running Android Lollipop and above, which enable access to the device easier. One particularly vulnerable is the 'on-body detection' which won't completely lock your device as long as it's on you. Thankfully, Android itself admits to the vulnerability by informing you the device will still be unlocked if you hand over the device to someone else.

However, I can't recall the number of times the device remained unlocked even after I had put the phone down on the table. This system is clearly still under development and you will probably experience a few problems yourself.

What now?

The truth is, true security can never be easy, and any attempt and simplifying security merely opens the door to vulnerability. I admit I use these measures because they are cool and I have nothing important to hide, but anyone with important data should stick to the old security methods such as PINs and passwords.