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This Is One Mistake Android Users Make When Creating a Lock Pattern.

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.
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Her research also claimed that men would likely pick a longer and more complicated pattern than their female counterparts

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I was fine until I saw the “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.
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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:
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H/T: MIC Via ArsTechnica

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23 comments on “This Is One Mistake Android Users Make When Creating a Lock Pattern.

  1. Stiiz says:

    Well, change that pattern now! ?

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      Lol, I will, give me a second.

  2. Kaybang says:

    Transitioning from windows to android is a wreck. Never used the pattern lock before, but then again,
    Share Gif:

  3. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    …WELL,I HAVE TO SAY THAT I DON’T USE A LOCK PATTERN, NOR A 0ASS CODE NOR EVEN A PIN. I USE MY PHONE A LOT AND CAN’T BE GOING THROUGH THE STRESS OF UNLOCKING. THE WORST NIGHTMARE FOR ME IS UNLOCKING THE PATTERN, I’VE NEVER GOTTEN IT NO MATTER HOW SIMPLE IT IS…

    1. Kay says:

      This is bad.
      What if your device gets missing?
      Intruders will gain free access to all your files and important account details.
      Remember, every thing you do on a “logged in” android device is synced with the cloud.

  4. Mary-Jane M. says:

    I find it hard to remember complex patterns o

  5. Kelvin says:

    I never use patterns.
    Reason being my kid siblings can’t stay off my phone..

  6. Victor Molokwu says:

    Well a finger print lock does it for me.. .no need for all that drawing..

    1. Yomi says:

      But you need patterns to set up your fingerprint lock don’t you

      1. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

        … WELL, I DON’T KNOW OF THE PHONE YOU’RE USING, BUT I CAN SAY A MOBILE TECH NO TO THAT…

        1. Kemi Oguntayo says:

          Actually you need a mobile pattern or pass code to set up a fingerprint on your Android device. So yemi is actually right

          1. Ajehswag says:

            says who… you and yemi are both wrong or don’t you know that you can use your device pin to setup the fingerprint

          2. Tee says:

            didnt kemi just say that, you, kemi and Yomi are all right”’

  7. pWilliams says:

    hmmmm….am changing to a pin right away

  8. george jinn says:

    I liked using the pattern lock when i 1st got an android phone and i subsequently found them vulnerable.Simple patterns are good for the owner but easy to crack by strangers,complex patterns are almost impossible to crack by strangers but easy to forget especially in emergencies.I stick to PINs(not passwords) as they’re still the most secure.

  9. Tee says:

    pins and patterns became a pain in the a** i quickly dropped them. but i wouldnt mind a fast fingerprint scanner thou…

  10. Rotimi Popoola says:

    This is damn right…. Infact im currently using M as my pattern…. I was formerly using aunt tobi’s pattern on zero 4…. Aunty tobi u re copying me

  11. pWilliams says:

    One more thing, I don’t believe that one that says that guys use more secure pattern than the ladies… maybe na onyibo ladies

  12. KingAbsolute says:

    Marte Løge is so right, sometimes you got to look at the screen somehow and see the pattern.
    Security code is more secured, let the person guess!

    1. Noni says:

      Someone tried to follow the pattern on my phone based on the screen and failed woefully – I defied expectations and had a complex pattern 😀
      Pattern unlock got annoying after a while so I’ve reverted back to a PIN.

  13. ZITA says:

    I use pattern and a very complicated one at that, sometimes i just sit for a minute to remember it.

  14. Adaobi says:

    Yippie! I use a complicated pattern. Go me!
    **pats self on the back**

  15. I don’t know about you but I usually go for shapes these days as opposed to letters. My current password is actually a letter “x” but drawn like a fish.

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