I considered the Emperor’s Lounge, but reading the descriptions this should go to News and Updates. So be it.
So, I had a Security & Compliance course at work. At some point they asked how I secured access to my phone, using a PIN, pattern or biometrics (fingerprint/face). I said I was using a pattern.
They then asked if I considered it to be safe. I replied I did.
Then they told me it was safer to use a 6-digit code or even biometrics. This is where I objected.
To me a complex pattern on a large grid is more secure, not only because of the grid size but also because a code shows your thumb clearly stopping and starting while a pattern is a smooth movement.
And when it comes to biometrics, we’ve all seen the fiction TV shows where somebody uses a hand (or face) to unlock a phone while the person sleeps. Biometrics (in the case of a phone or PC) in my opinion actually make things easier and less secure.
Not to mention the first thing the average “secure” app does like banking or password vaults is ask if you wish to use the registered fingerprints and people just love their convenience.
But since the “experts” told me I was all wrong, I’m curious what you guys think. Who uses biometrics on their phone? Who prefers PIN over pattern and vice versa?
Ironically they also told me not to discuss outside of work something that goes on at work and the first thing I do is come here to discuss it. But I think the question is innocent enough and poses no security risk. Maybe we can even learn from the answers.