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Lock Screen Pin Security Flaw

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by arpheztwig, Jun 3, 2021.


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  1. arpheztwig

    arpheztwig Lurker
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    Why the F does the lock screen highlight the numbers I press? Brightly and with a slow fade, too. Brilliant design! I could see that once from 20 feet away and remember the pattern of key presses. At least 2 people (that I know of) have already been able to unlock my phone, making me change my pin far too often and I'm going to forget one sooner or later. One even commented "oh, new pin?" I just stared at them for a second. You looked? You memorized it? "Yeah, it's pretty obvious. Hard not to."

    Just let me turn the highlight off, is that so freaking hard?

    Patterns and pins are already too easy to recognize for the rotten children that are my nieces and nephews (I love them, they're great, etc., but they will steal anything not nailed down.) I have to unlock my phone 30 times a day, I can't be looking around like a lunatic every time.

    Finger print scanner doesn't work for more than a day or two because I work with my hands so calluses, cuts, grease, paint, PL, whatever else happens to my hands makes it frustrating or useless.

    No developers that can change it will read this, so this was a pretty useless rant, but I feel a little better. No more secure, but better.

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  2. olbriar


    That is a bummer. I use the fingerprint scanner... but I can. Have you tried face recognition? I don't know what phone you are complaining about but perhaps that might be an alternative that will work for you.
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  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    my note 10+ does not do this.....so this is not an android issue but a phone issue. what phone do you have?
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  4. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Well non of my phones do anything like that. So it could be something specific to the particular make of phone you've got there, and something the manufacturer has done. Maybe try facial or iris scan instead? If your whatever it is phone has those features.
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  5. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    My Pixel 2 does highlight the numbers for about a second, so if that's the "slow fade" described then I'm afraid there is no manufacturer to blame but Google themselves. And it will be the same for all Android One devices or manufacturers who minimally modify the OS.
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  6. arpheztwig

    arpheztwig Lurker
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    It's a motorola, I think it's done this with the last couple moto g series phones I've had (this one's the stylus version) Good to hear it's not android-wide, I'll look into getting this thing rooted and get another rom on it. Been meaning to do that, anyway. I've gotten used to their gestures like shake for light and twist for camera, but I'm guessing I can find other ROMs or 3rd party apps that can give those back to me. I had just gone on a half hour search for solutions and just found other people complaining about it for the last 2 years and needed to rant about it.

    Anyone have suggestions for more customizable ROMs? Preferably one that keeps the moto gestures or similar. I was a diehard cyanogen mod fan way back when, but it's been years since I bothered rooting.

    Also, whoever selected the incorrect answer to the poll owes us all an explanation. =]
  7. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    Cyanogen mod disbanded due to infighting amongst the mods. It has continued though under a new name, lineage os....... So I would recommend them, but I'm not sure if the moto gestures will work with it.
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  8. arpheztwig

    arpheztwig Lurker
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    Nice, I'll check out lineage. Looking forward to getting back into custom roms. I almost never used a phone with it's stock os before a couple years ago. And I've had a lot of them... I might even still have my g1 somewhere in storage, it would be fun to see what I could do with it.
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  9. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    check it out:

    for your moto phone:

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