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This could be the best way ever to secure your Android phone

February 10th, 2014 at 12:31 PM
TimePIN Android App

TimePIN is a new Android app that aims to improve the security of your Android device by changing its lockscreen PIN code every minute. The user will not even have to remember the code, as TimePIN simply assigns the current time as the PIN number. As long as other users don’t know the smartphone is protected by TimePIN, this security measure will almost certainly block any attempts of accessing the content on the device.

However, even if a person with malicious intent is aware that the device is protected by TimePIN, accessing its contents isn’t necessarily easy, as there are more features in place to make it difficult for the attacker to guess the code.

Reverse mode will reverse the PIN (11:24 becomes 4211) while mirror mode mirrors the PIN, transforming the time into an eight-character code rather than a four-character one (8:34 becomes 08344380). A double PIN would look like 12341234 when the time is 12:34, and users can also choose an offset for the code – with offset set at “-121” the PIN corresponding to the 10:43 time becomes 0922.

Combining various PIN modes is apparently also supported.

In case the device owner will get locked out of the device for any reason, rebooting the handset will disable the app, returning the lockscreen PIN to the default used on the handset. Assuming the attacker knows the original security code, this may be a way to bypass TimePIN.

The app is available as a free download and works on devices running Android 4.0.3 or later, although the free version only includes the reverse mode. Everything else is activated with a one-time $1.99 in-app purchase. A future version of the app will bring additional modifiers, support for encrypted devices, alphanumerical passwords and pattern passwords.

A version of TimePIN is already available on iOS devices – called Timepasscode – but requires users to jailbreak their iPhones before using the app.

A video demo of TimePIN follows below.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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