Your smartphone ‘s motion sensors might be revealing things about you.
That’s the word from a new security study from researchers at the UK’s Newcastle University. In a report released this week, the researchers found that hackers can analyze your motion sensors, including an accelerometer and gyroscope, and figure out your PIN. After analyzing the data, the researchers were able to guess a four-digit PIN correctly in 74 percent of cases. After three tries, their accuracy rate went up to 94 percent.
94% Accuracy Rate. Think about it.
You don’t necessarily need a ‘Hack’ to catch someone’s unlock code. They have made cellphones (Smartphones) smaller and lighter until they are tiny (OK, that’s my opinion). There is very little mass (and inertia) to resist the stiff-fingered pokes of users working the tiny keyboards.
What is the first thing a user does when picking up their phone, enter the unlock code. Next time a friend ‘Checks their phone for texts’ watch their hands. It’s especially easy for those that use both hands; the digits 1, 4 and 7 are on the left. And 3, 6, and 9 are on the right. If the top of the phone dips forward it’s probably due to an entry on the top row of numbers; 1,2,3. Dipping to the rear; 7,8,9.
Seen any ‘Three Card Monte’ artists on the street lately? Those quick fingered and sharp eyed hucksters are keeping busy doing something.