Thanks to how convenient lock patterns are, a lot of Android users today prefer them to using a passcode, but do you know that they are less secure than a passcode?
There is a high chance that you do, although I am not sure you know why.
A research by Marte Løge, a graduate of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, sheds more light on this. She studied about 4,000 lock patterns to discover some pattern trends that were commonly found among Android users. According to her research, 44% of lock screen patterns began at the upper left corner node regardless of whether the device owner was left-handed or right-handed. Also, more than 10% of Android users would pick a pattern shaped like a letter of the alphabet. In other words, almost half of android users make predictable patterns.
Her research also claimed that men would likely pick a longer and more complicated pattern than their female counterparts
To make your Android phones more secure, Marte suggests that you select a pattern with more nodes, crossovers, and a higher complexity score.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been guilty of using Alphabet-like patterns on my Android devices. As a matter of fact, the pattern on the Infinix Zero 4 plus is currently set as this:
H/T: MIC Via ArsTechnica