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Potemkin
02-15-2012, 08:11 PM
Greasy finger traces can potentially reveal the pattern used to unlock Android devices. Typing a PIN is better, a Googler concludes.
A few swipes with a greasy finger using Android's pattern-unlock feature left clear traces on this Nexus S phone.

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A few swipes with a greasy finger using Android's pattern-unlock feature left clear traces on this Nexus S phone.
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

Eat a lot of potato chips? Then consider avoiding one of the ways Google offers to unlock an Android device.

Google's mobile operating system lets people unlock devices by swiping a particular pattern across a three-by-three grid of dots. But Android evangelist Tim Bray raised a concern about "reverse smudge engineering" to figure out the unlock pattern.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-57377224-264/reverse-smudge-engineering-foils-android-unlock-security/#