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Is Phone Unlock Pattern Still Reliable to Secure Your Phone?
You definitely have heard so many people advise you to not secure your phone with a simple phone unlock pattern. Some of them might include scary story about the danger your data will face if your phone get stolen and end up in the hand of a very bad man.
phone  unlock  pattern  and  alphanumeric  codes  Android  security 
6 weeks ago by dennyfar
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Face ID Security Guide [PDF]
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7 weeks ago by martin.weber
Apple Face ID Security
It notes that there may be special difficulties for children under 13 (potential implications for education use)
apple  faceid  unlock  passcode  security 
7 weeks ago by WBedutech
Mobile Bootloaders From Top Manufacturers Found Vulnerable to Persistent Threats
Security researchers have discovered several severe zero-day vulnerabilities in the mobile bootloaders from at least four popular device manufacturers that could allow an attacker to gain persistent root access on the device.
advanced  persistent  threat  android  security  bootloader  unlock  hacking  news  mobile  vulnerability 
8 weeks ago by SecurityFeed
What happens if a cop forces you to unlock your iPhone X with your face? • The Washington Post
Brian Fung:
<p>While you can't legally be compelled to give up your passcode, some analysts say, courts have ruled that law enforcement can compel you to give up your fingerprint under certain conditions. Under a standard known as “reasonable suspicion,” you can be required to provide your fingerprint. Could the same standard be applied to your facial data? That's what is unclear.

That said, Americans enjoy one additional layer of legal protection. Even if a police officer uses your biometric information to unlock a phone, he or she must still obtain a search warrant to search the phone. The warrantless searching of cellphones was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Riley v. California in 2014.

“That's now established Supreme Court doctrine,” Calabrese said. Either way, he said, the best protection is probably to use a strong passcode.

Given how confusing the law can be on these issues, can't there be some kind of technological solution?

A partial one may be in the works. The new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 11, is said to contain a fail-safe that will not only disable Touch ID, but also potentially Face ID. By pressing the power button five times in quick succession, an iPhone will stop accepting biometric data as an unlocking mechanism and require a passcode, according to the researcher who discovered the feature in a beta version of iOS 11.

It is not clear how long the fail-safe lasts before things revert to the regular mode. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.</p>


It was all going so well until that last paragraph, which is clueless. "Regular mode" is "requiring a passcode". Only when you've entered a passcode is the biometric unlock (finger or face) enabled. Pressing the side button five times does indeed disable the biometric unlock. If you feel you need to, that's your solution.

(Added to the "close but no cigar" category on iPhone X and FaceID.)
apple  unlock 
9 weeks ago by charlesarthur
How to unprotect Word files without knowing the password | thinkoholic.com
how to remove the Document Protection from Word files without knowing the actual password
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12 weeks ago by sspela

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