Nowadays, we store many of our personal and sensitive data on our smartphones. Our phones contain various types of data including our personal photos, official documents, e-mails, messages and with some apps installed, these data extend to passwords, bank details and even the social security number. Therefore, it is absolutely important to protect your smartphone from any unauthorized access.
In the past, PINs, patterns and passwords were the only choices we had to protect our phones, but with the advent of technology, it is now possible to use fingerprint scanners as a biometric lock to protect a smartphone. While the fixed PIN and the model lock have many security flaws, even fingerprint security is not as solid as you might think. Almost anyone can access your phone if you are a deep sleeper!
To keep my phone safe, I used TimePIN but it wasn't very secure, with PINs only related to time. Furthermore, the app stopped working after the Lollipop update arrived. However, we found a new app DroidLock, which is not just a TimePIN replacement, but also offers a dynamic lock to protect your Android smartphone.
Installation and configuration of the app
The DroidLock app currently in beta and you need to register as a tester in their Google Plus community to access the app. It may take some time before you sign up for their beta channel, but if you don't want to wait, you can download the APK from this mirror link and install the app. The only limitation of side loading of the app that you will not receive future updates.
Once the application is installed, you will be asked to set a default PIN, which will be used for the first time that you open DroidLock and every time you restart the device. This default PIN will also be used if you enter the wrong dynamic PIN on the third attempt. You will also be asked to set up a security question and your email address, in case you forget your default PIN.
Finally, you will have to activate the app as a device administrator for uninstall protection . After finishing, the DroidLock will be activated for use. The devices that are on Marshmallow and above will require additional permissions before the app is activated. Make sure you allow all these permissions to work as desired.
Work with the time, date and dynamic PIN of the battery
After activating the app using the activation button on the top right side, the first thing to explore is the time, battery and date PIN. This simple and fairly easy to use. The 12 hours and 24 hours will make the PIN dynamic based on the time spent on the device. For example, if the time 01:23, the PIN will be 0123 or 1323 respectively for the 12 and 24 hour format . The same applies to the default date and the battery PIN.
You can also add an offset value to the PIN, if the default one seems very obvious to you. For simplicity, the PIN will be shown directly on the screen as soon as an option is enabled or an offset value is provided.
Note: the basic features on DroidLock are free, but you will have to make an in-app purchase to enable advanced features like Offset, Geek PIN and Add-Ons.
Geek mode and add-ons
here things start to get interesting, especially for high-end users. Using the Geek PIN, you can combine any of the available components and form a combination and set it as the phone password. For example, you can create a minutes PIN combined with the battery percentage. You will need to click on the Set PIN Geek option and load the interface. Here you can tap the option to make your PIN dynamic and therefore Click on the check option to make it permanent.
Additional packages can make your PIN a little more complex using the reverse PIN, Mirror Mirror or double PIN. For example, if "double PIN on time lock" is selected when the time 12:34, the PIN will be 12341234 . You will be shown an example PIN on the DroidLock screen, which will make your selections make more sense.
Note: make sure you disable fingerprint lock on your device if you really want to protect your device using dynamic PIN. When it comes to app settings, there is not much else to configure except changing the app theme, along with master fields for password and PIN recovery.
My thoughts on the dynamic PIN lock
Incredible DroidLock when it comes to improving the security of your smartphone and, without any doubt, best in the TimePIN app which I used a few months ago. However, make sure you don't set up a complicated and lengthy PIN out of curiosity. Keep your PIN simple and change the date and time PIN offset value to keep things simple and safe.
If you use the Geek PIN, enable only some parameters and continue to edit them from time to time. Make sure you always remember the main PIN, as you will need it to open the app after each phone restart. That's all on my side, but I'd like to hear your opinions about the app.