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    The Picture Password feature in Windows 8 is a good idea since you can choose any picture you want. Microsoft have patented it, so I doubt we will see it being used on other OSs.

    The technology will feature in Windows 8 as Picture Password, both in its standard desktop and mobile Metro interfaces. Users will be able to select an image of their fancy and then make several touch or mouse-based gestures over certain parts of the image as a way to log in.

    For example, if a user picks an image of a person's face, the gestures could be a tap on either eye and a semi-circular movement around the mouth. More detailed pictures could end up like a Where's Wally? book, tapping or clicking various hard to find objects on the screen.

    The technology will only recognise taps, straight lines and circles, but that will be sufficient for creating detailed and unique picture-based passwords. Eventually more complex movements like the familiar screen pinch might be added to give users greater control over their password choices. (Source)
    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    do we really think that someone who nicks your phone is likely to go to the effort of removing the SD card, plugging it into a computer, finding a picture, printing it out and then using that to unlock the phone, then read your emails and access Facebook as you?
    If I stole a Galaxy Nexus that is what I would do. Most thieves wouldn't know about the face unlock feature in ICS, so would probably just sell the phone.

    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Im sure I read there isnt an SD card slot on this phone.
    There isn't, but you could still connect it up to a computer to see photos stored on it.

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    Im sure it wouldnt allow file sharing until the phone was unlocked and you selected to share the data with the pc.. that's how it works with my Android phone and Touchpad.. and my past ones too.. Don't forget isnt ICS the first Android to have proper encryption for everything you do on the phone?

    So until you actually unlock it, it remains encrypted? or was that opted out this time around again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Microsoft have patented it
    Microsoft patent everything. And no-one cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    And no-one cares.
    It would be nice to have this feature in Android. Obviously, someone who doesn't care about patents could create an app to add it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It would be nice to have this feature in Android. Obviously, someone who doesn't care about patents could create an app to add it.
    I meant that no-one cares that Microsoft have patented something that's been around for ages.

    It's going to be used regardless.

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    That picture password sounds like it makes shoulder surfing much easier, great!

    You can hide which key you push on a keyboard, you can't hide the mouse pointer on your monitor....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepy View Post
    Im sure it wouldnt allow file sharing until the phone was unlocked and you selected to share the data with the pc.. that's how it works with my Android phone and Touchpad.. and my past ones too.. Don't forget isnt ICS the first Android to have proper encryption for everything you do on the phone?

    So until you actually unlock it, it remains encrypted? or was that opted out this time around again?
    lets be fair, if your phone is stolen, chances are it isn't because they want to use it as their own, they want to sell it.
    and if you wanted to use the phone after buying it stolen (hypothetically), then you could just boot into the bootloader and reset to factory defaults. if i buy your phone thats been stolen, i'm not really concerned about your photos, i've just got your £300 phone for £30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    if i buy your phone thats been stolen, i'm not really concerned about your photos, i've just got your £300 phone for £30.
    Which won't work because when it was stolen I got the phone disabled.

    Congratulations! You just spend £30 on a brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Which won't work because when it was stolen I got the phone disabled.

    Congratulations! You just spend £30 on a brick.
    but the problem with people who will probably rely solely on face recognition as security is they are less likely to have had it disabled after. it will be reported to police and claimed on insurance and thats about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Which won't work because when it was stolen I got the phone disabled.

    Congratulations! You just spend £30 on a brick.
    This reminds me, anybody who is using Lookout should know that at some point, remote locking became a premium feature. They didn't advertise that one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    but the problem with people who will probably rely solely on face recognition as security is they are less likely to have had it disabled after. it will be reported to police and claimed on insurance and thats about it.
    When my phone was stolen a while back, I was told to report it to my network so they can block it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    I'm calling dibs on "iSee". And all variations on that theme.
    That wont work Apple probably already have a trademark registration on i being stuck in front of another word!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Im sure I read there isnt an SD card slot on this phone.
    I hope it has a shed-load of built-in storage, in that case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    I hope it has a shed-load of built-in storage, in that case...
    I'm never quite sure why people obsess with this so much. If you're managing to fill 8/16gb (which most phones come with as standard now anyway) of onboard space, what are you doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    I'm never quite sure why people obsess with this so much. If you're managing to fill 8/16gb (which most phones come with as standard now anyway) of onboard space, what are you doing?
    Music and movies!

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