Idea for better lock-screen-implementation

asked 2019-07-31 15:07:59 +0300

tomas3000 gravatar image

updated 2019-07-31 15:08:12 +0300

Problem: Lockscreen-Code is at least 5 digits + Enter (= 6 touches). Maybe some people need this high security, but maybe others coming from other platforms feel annoyed (iOS = min. 4 touches, Android = min. 5 touches)

Why not 4 digits on Jolla? A) Because 4 digits could be confused with the PIN Code which is also 4 digits. B) 4 digits is not as safe as 5 or more plus enter

Solution: Make 3 or more digits possible and no enter needed. So everybody can use the level of comfort and security he/she wants. Problem A could be solved if PIN-Code needs an Enter for submit, Lockscreencode not (like on iOS). Problem B is a personal problem (everybody can now use a code-length he/she likes) but could also be solved, if there would be a growing time delay the more times somebody enters a wrong code. So even a 3-digit-code could take really long to trial and error.

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For fast unlock there is the fingerprint sensor where available, or no lock. I generally don't like things deciding for me, like random low-importance websites having requirements of unnecessarily safe passwords, nudging users in to reusing important ones. However, in this case the nudge has the opposite effect, and i see the point of that. Nobody will get to reuse their credit card code. And that is actually great.

attah ( 2019-07-31 16:13:37 +0300 )edit


  • Fingerprint unlock is something I do not like. My fingerprint is fixed for my whole life, no way to change it like a code when needed. Is my fingerprint information stored really safe on Jolla? I can not find information about this.

  • No lock is also no option because I want to protect my phone against curious colleauges, friends, ...

  • Nudging works, but in this case, many people will maybe opt for "9 9 9 9 9 enter" because it is fastest on the current system...

tomas3000 ( 2019-07-31 16:20:54 +0300 )edit

Don't you have a passport? Ever travelled to some country that are a bit too full of themselves? Your fingerprint is already out there. I trust the Sailfish fingerprint storage to be local, while not perhaps entirely iron clad. Feel free to think i'm an apologetic ass, but i value the contribution to keeping lazy people from outing their cc pin over your grievances. Sounds like a pattern lock or similar would be a better fit.

attah ( 2019-07-31 16:28:05 +0300 )edit