Why you can’t trust smartphone security – Biggest safety feature issues
Today’s smartphones are amazing in the sense that they pack an incredible number of features in just one little device. They come with huge battery capacities that allow them to function for full days, and they provide the most advanced photo and video camera solutions so that you can record every step of whatever adventure you find yourself being part of. However, smartphones are not perfect, and that’s best seen in the moment when chatting or playing games stops. When you need to turn off the display and go to bed, it’s easiest to see why smartphones aren’t perfect yet. The security measures that come with different handsets vary but at the core are the same. Let’s take a look and see why neither of the provided options are actually as efficient as they are marketed to be.
Face, fingerprint and voice recognition
You probably think that face recognition is pretty flawless since someone can’t get into your private phone data unless they have your face. If that were the case then indeed, pretty outstanding feature. Unfortunately, someone that might steal your handset an easily use a picture of you to unlock the phone. Just like a passport scanner, the phone will demand a certain quality from the provided facial proof. But since most people spend a lot of time making sure they look great in pictures they post on Facebook for instance, someone can easily snatch a “key” to your private data right off of your Facebook profile.
When it comes to voice recognition, it’s hard to argue that someone might be able to duplicate your voice and create the entry key for your protected device. But there’s a big “but” here. Voices are a matter of frequency. Someone that can do a good enough job imitating the frequency of your voice can hope to crack the password. Smartphones come at different price entry points but considering that the best ones are about $600, it’s hard to believe that any smartphone manufacturer would invest that heavily in voice recognition tech able to withstand such average attempts at cracking the code.
Last but not least, we have fingerprint scanners. These speak for themselves as you need to have a specific fingerprint to unlock the phone. Since each person has a unique fingerprint, it should provide unbeatable protection. Except someone’s unique fingerprint usually appears on many surfaces and not just their fingers. Any kind of glass object you might have touched could register your fingerprint which could then be transferred over to a preserving material. Now, your unique fingerprint is in the possession of someone else, and all they need is a moment alone with your phone in order to crack it wide open.
Patterns, passwords and PINs
The classic smartphone trio, these protective measures serve their purpose up to a point. While each of them provides protection up to an extent, they fall off hard in the long run. The reason for this is that each of them provide means for which hackers can actually guess the correct combination. Password and PINs are the easiest because it’s just a combination of characters. Specially designed software is able to logistically go through all possible combinations in Lintechtt. Depending on how strong your password or PIN is, it might take longer but if someone really wanted to break into your phone, they could. As for patterns, they’re not as easy to crack.
The same principle could be applied to patterns but it’s just a lot more difficult to crack one. However, have you tried looking at your device’s screen while the display is powered off? What do you see? Probably a nice smudge across the lines of your pattern, right? Yes, it’s that easy to find the correct pattern thanks to how prone to fingerprints phone screens are. Thus, not even this form of security isn’t really unbeatable.