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LG Knock Code demo - is it better than the fingerprint scanners?

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LG Knock Code demo - is it better than the fingerprint scanners?
LG recently said that its Knock Code security lock for phones is better and more secure than the fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s. Here at the MWC 2014, we had a chance to test it out. We would say that the Knock Code is not better and is not more secure than the fingerprint protection. LG can tout it as better than the typical pin code / gesture unlock that most phones offer, as you don't have to turn on the display using the power/lock key before that. Yet, it is no way as secure as the fingerprint sensor, as anybody can see how you knock and then just repeat it. What would you say, do you want to have such feature?



 

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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:11 3

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1318; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Who is Nanko R?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:17 4

5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1318; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


FML he's been here before the other PA reporters were born.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:13 14

2. NoFanboy (Posts: 222; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Gimmick

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:14 6

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Couldn't agree more.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:21 12

7. LiyanaBG (Posts: 323; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


you both samsung paid trolls LOL

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:25 4

9. ihavenoname (Posts: 1402; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


What does Samsung have together with this? Tell us, other-brand-than-Samsung paid troll. Btw, this is a gimmick.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:34 3

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Waste of bandwidth. Please go outside and come back when you're ready to discuss something relevant to the article. Thanks.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:30 1

10. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 296; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


This will be good in a year or so. It has to work 100% of the time for it the be useful. I have a G2 and I turned the knock feature off because it would only work 80% of the time. Id rather hit the button which I know will work 100% of the time.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:34 2

13. Finalflash (Posts: 1765; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


All of these "secure unlock" methods are literally gimmicks. Once again, one retard company releases a gimmicky feature and everyone else wastes their time trumping it or copying it instead of making something useful.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:56 3

19. Ashoaib (Posts: 2111; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


it doest work all the time... sometime you have to try twice, this is what I had seen with my G2 owner friend... boredom to try twice, and at the end I learned the pattern, he ended up having his phone insecure in my hands... by the way he got rid of g2 and now he is an extremely happy owner of note 3....
"if anyone want to say I am a Sam boy, yes I am..."

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 16:48

25. doejon (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


this phone looks like a samsung lol

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 13:39

27. LGisgood (Posts: 435; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


better than samsung!
its actually an EVOLUTION of LG's Original design for its Korean phone long time ago.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:14 2

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Ray, there's a new accent in town!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:18

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1318; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


He's not new, he's been here before Ray existed!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:36 1

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You learn something new each day haha.

My question is where has he been all this time?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:50

18. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1318; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Found out something new: Mr Rusev is Ray's fellow countrymen, so no new accents here!

I'm thinking he didn't like the comments on PA.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:11 2

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I wouldn't blame him. PA died in early 2013 with the ambush of users who flood the comment sections...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:36

24. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1318; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Indeed.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:16 2

26. Gatorsrule52 (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


That's the point of comment sections isn't it? To comment?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:22 1

8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1402; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Better? I wouldn't say so, but it's like more secure Knock On (or whatever it is) feature, which is ok itself. More secure? Hell no. Everybody has unique fingerprint, and this is just pattern. I could open that LG without problem.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:32

11. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 296; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


That won't be the case when the screens are sapphire crystal and that is coming soon.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:34 1

12. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


haha starting @ 1:35 xD I agree it's more of a gimmick plus you'd have to wipe your fingerprints off the screen after you use it so that it's not obvious what the general shape of your knock code is.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:35

15. thegodfather (Posts: 8; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


yea it might not be more secure but at least the gov wont be able to have a data base of your fingerprints. And I haven't heard anyone mention this anyway about the gov being able to have eveyones prints one file. just a question

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:39 1

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Touch ID nor the new fingerprint scanners send your fingerprints to the government or NSA so you can sleep well at night now.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:06 1

20. Ashoaib (Posts: 2111; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Gov already have a database of your finger print, you are living in past when there were no identity cards... just be worried if you are not US citizen bcoz then your finger print will end up in NSA's hand...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:19

22. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Not sure why they called it more secure. Weird.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:21

23. technitude (Posts: 26; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


As far as being more secure than a fingerprint scanner, it's all perspective. If your phone is in the hands of a criminal (which is the primary reason for security concerns), then your fingerprint is stored on a chip that would be in their possession.

Once that finger is compromised, you'd have to switch fingers on your next device, to remain secure.

What'd be worse, would be if somehow there was access to fingerprint info from an app. Once that happens, there's no stopping the info from being available to the entire criminal community. And with the phone still in your pocket, you'd never know that your Bio-ID had been stolen.

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