BlackBerry Picture Password is a very useful security enhancement to the BlackBerry 10 system. We have been testing this feature out since it’s launch here in the UK last week. It’s been working well for us, in place of the passcode login we’ve been so accustomed too.
This type of authentication significantly decreases the possibility of someone shoulder surfing you. We challenged some people to guess the number, but they couldn’t even after 5 attempts. This is definitely appears a more secure option than pattern-based authentication.
Picture Password allows a user to unlock the phone using both an image and unique number. When a user tries to unlock the device, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock the device, you will have to drag the numbers grid so the number selected overlays the correct point on the image.
How to set up Picture Password:
- Go to > Settings > Security and Privacy > Device Password > Enable Picture Password
- You will be asked to enter your password/passcode, click > Next
- Choose a stock image (there are 8 to choose from) then select a number from 0-9
- Drag your chosen number to a location on the picture and click > Next
- This is your combination to unlock your device. Now click > Next
- Drag your number to the part of the picture you chose and click > OK (you should now see “Picture Password Confirmed”) > click > Done
You also need to know:
- You will have 10 attempts to get the number right. After that, BlackBerry will then ask you for the password/passcode
- If you decide to change your Picture Password, you will be asked to enter your password/passcode
- If someone attempts to wipe your device, they still have to know your password/passcode
- Choose to lock your device after 5 minutes or less
I did notice something rather odd when I first setup Picture Password. If you have setup device and memory card encryption you might experience an issue with Picture Password (I tested this out on a separate BlackBerry running 10.2.1 without encryption and didn’t experience this problem). You will get 10 attempts to get the Picture Password correct, however it looks like it issues a warning at 5 attempts. You are then asked to type “blackberry” and then your password/passcode. BEWARE and be EXTRA CAREFUL as this might cause your device to wipe itself when you reach the 10th attempt.
Safe surfing folks!