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Image based protection against phone hacking

PINoptic : 30 January, 2009  (Technical Article)
Increase in availability of mobile phone hacking tools prompts increased interest in image based password protection from PINoptic
With over 1,200 videos on YouTube as to how to hack a mobile phone password educating the masses, free hacking software available online, and high profile cases of phone fraud such as the Paris Hilton case growing, there is growing evidence that SmartPhones could be the next hackers' paradise.

As the level of access and synchronisation grows with each emerging model, smartPhones are carrying as much information appealing to hackers and fraudsters as many laptops but are much easier to access. Full copies of email accounts and often banking or corporate network access systems stored on most Smartphones carried across the nation makes this a virtual seventh heaven of opportunity for crooks and criminals.

"Most phones are only equipped with simple 4 digit codes that are simply not up for the job" says Colin Allison, CEO PINoptic, "with the amount of information stored on most of our mobile devices it is only a matter of time before someone has a serious security breach."

Identity fraud cases went up by two-thirds in 2008 according to Experian. "With the amount of personal information we store on our phones, and the weak systems currently protecting this data this is a disaster waiting to happened" say Allison, "there are solutions but the manufactures aren't taking this seriously yet. But unless security is improved on the handsets we will see an increasing amount of unhappy owners."

PINoptic is an innovative authentication security product that allows the user to 'login' using a picture-based alternative that is over 37 times more secure than most current products. This cost-effective and easily implemented security solution could cut fraud created by mobile hackers to nearly zero.

"With a PINoptic solution it statistically would take someone watching you and a good view of the picture code 10 times to figure out what your PIN maybe." says Allison. Misuse of passwords or PIN-access codes indicates that a simple login number is not enough protection.

PINoptic allows the user to have a memorable picture password, which can be re-used and easily remembered. When the user wants to 'login' they are presented with an on-screen display where pictures, images are randomly associated with numbers and or letters. By entering the relevant letters or numbers connected to the picture in the correct order they generate a one-time password. The system is easy for everyone to use, simple protecting the consumer against observation.

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