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New Android Ransomware Changes Lock Screen PIN

Dubbed Android/Lockerpin.A, the new trojan app tricks users into granting it device administrator privileges. To achieve this it mimics a patch installation window on top of an activation notice. When victims click on the continue button, they actually grant the malicious app rights that allow it to make changes to the Android settings. Lockerpin the sets or resets the PIN that unlocks the screen lock, effectively requiring users to perform a factory reset to regain control over the device. By contrast, earlier forms of Android ransomware generally were thwarted, usually by deactivating administrator privileges and then uninstalling the app after the infected device is booted into safe mode.

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Smart Lock for Mobile included in Android 5.0, Lollipop

When Android 5.0, Lollipop was announced late in 2014, it came with several new features. Smart Lock allows users to bypass the device lockscreen when certain environmental conditions are met or set.

Smart Lock is built upon a new Lollipop feature called “trust agents.” True Agents, is a service that notifies the system about whether it believes the environment of the device to be trusted. Smart Lock, makes use of three options – Trusted face, Trusted places and Trusted Devices.

Trusted Face

Allows the user to have their device memorize their face and “quickly” unlock their device without the need of entering your password. With Trusted Face activated, you can interact with your notifications and your phone or tablet will attempt to match your face and unlock without causing you any interference. If you want to unlock it before it has identified you, your lock screen will slide the security input up instead of attempting to identify you with Trusted face.

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