Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mobile phone security

This is an interesting situation I recently read about. It seems law enforcement was stumped when they tried to access a phone that used a pattern lock program rather than the normal password lock. Reading a little more, it turns out that it might not be the complexity of the pattern, but more that the pattern lock program had a better method for dealing with brute-force attempts. After so many failed attempts, the phone remains locked until supplied with the user's Google login and password. Now this may only be the case for the specific combination of phone and pattern lock app, but it shows that it is possible to effectively lock up a device. The bigger question is, why aren't more apps and security features written with this kind of brute-force avoidance in mind?