X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Your Greasy Fingers Could Get Your Smartphone Hacked

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

Not too long ago, I was busy eating some buttery goodness known as popcorn and got a text. It didn’t take long before all the buttery smudges on my iPhone screen were annoying to look at. If I protected my iPhone with a password, it would have been easy enough to see what keys I pressed just from the smears.

iphone_smudged_screen

I have seen spies on TV hack into touchscreen and other keypads by guessing the code from fingerprints and smears. I always thought that was fake, but according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania it’s totally possible (link opens PDF).

The researchers used Android devices, cameras placed at several angles, and special software that analyzed images of the screen. In one case – an HTC G1 with a passcode pattern entered, then held in contact with the user’s face – they were able to discern a partial password pattern 96% of the time, and a full pattern 68% of the time. I’ll stop there so you can go and clean your screen now.

[via TheHill]



Making Damascus from Bike Tires

Making Damascus from Bike Tires

Nemeio E-Ink Keyboard

Nemeio E-Ink Keyboard

Botto Storage System

Botto Storage System

Advertisement
2019 Genesis G70 AWD 3.3T Review: Smooth Operator

2019 Genesis G70 AWD 3.3T Review: Smooth Operator

You Don’t Need a Big Pickup Truck to Enjoy a Vacation on Wheels

You Don’t Need a Big Pickup Truck to Enjoy a Vacation on Wheels

2020 MINI Cooper SE: MINI Goes Electric

2020 MINI Cooper SE: MINI Goes Electric

Advertisement