android-security

Security is always a big concern of having a smartphone. Unlike before, if one gets access to your smartphone he can basically can get a control over your entire life; emails, SMS, other important accounts, contacts, etc. So it is always important to setup a good secure password on your Android device. However there should be a good tradeoff between convenience and security. The password shouldn’t be so difficult that unlocking screen becomes a painstaking task.

In Android there are 3 types of screen unlock protections till Honey Comb(3.0) and an additional in ICS onwards.

The types are listed below:

  1. Pattern
  2. PIN
  3. Password
  4. Face Unlock (ICS onwards only)(read the article linked to know more about face unlock)

Now we will visit each type individually, along with an effective method to set password.

  1.  Pattern lock:Pattern unlock
    • Use the 3×3 or 4×4 grid for pattern lock.
    • Use minimum 8 dots to setup a patt
      ern.
    • Always wipe your screen after unlocking your phone, else anyone can guess your pattern lock by observing the finger prints on the screen.Pattern unlock fingerprint trace
  2. PIN:PIN unlockThis is a comparatively an easier method as it has only numeric digits.
    • It can have 4 to 17 numeric digits.
    • Do not set repetitive patterns like “2222”, “1234”, ” 20000000000″, etc. Keep every digit different as far as possible.
  3. Password:Password unlock
    • This is a more secure password as it allows alphanumeric codes.
    • This also allows 4 to 17 characters.
    • Set up a password with numbers as well as letters.
    • Include a special character

In case you forgot your password, here is an easy method to retrieve it.

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