Passwords far outweigh PINs for locking smartphones


Do you use a security lock function on your smartphone? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently carried out asurvey into the interesting topic of smartphone privacy, although only reported on the security lock results.


Between the 5th and 9th of October 2012 1,080 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.7% of the sample were male, 15.6% in their teens, 17.8% in their twenties, 21.3% in their thirties, 16.2% in their forties, 16.3% in their fifties, and 12.8% aged sixty or older.

I don’t use any lock on my smartphone, myself. I’d like to see some sort of voice-based password that combined both voice and phrase recognition.

Research results

Q1: Do you use a security lock function on your smartphone? (Sample size=1,080)

Yes (to SQs)21.4%
Don’t have a smartphone60.1%

Q1SQ1: What kind of security lock functions do you use? (Sample size=231, multiple answer)

PIN code3515.2%
Biometrics verification app229.5%

Furthermore, 81.8% of the sample said they felt their chosen security locks were effective.

Q1SQ2: In the future, what kinds of verification functions would you want to see on smartphones? (Sample size=231, multiple answer)

Fingerprint verification17274.5%
Retina verification4921.2%
Palm verification4619.9%
Voice verification3314.3%
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