ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mobile Application For Securing Your PIN Codes And Passwords

Updated on October 22, 2011

In the fast growing IT world today it is normal to view people around with high education and at the same time there are others who indulge in the criminal activities. Since mobile phones have gone on the zenith of their glory, their theft is also gone parallel. To counter this, there's little users can do as there are no resilient security measures built-in in most of the phones in use nowadays. At most, users can apply PIN code, prompted at startup, to allow access to the phone menus. These types of measures can be breached fairly easily even at local shops that reportedly changed IMEI numbers as well!

So what can be done to safeguard personal and financial information - which could be bank account numbers, ATM PIN codes, NIC, passwords and other such sensitive information? First, avoid using cell phones to store such info under obvious names - for example, do not save 4554 as a saved message, reminder, note or a task having caption ‘My Bank ATM PIN'. If you can come up with a personal cipher, use it as adding 155 to every numerical value saved.

Although not a very secure options, still it's better than straight give away. Or, if you really want to secure organised data, use a third party Java based encryption application employing industry standard encryption algorithms like, DES and AES.

First Application

First such application is Watchman, a 59K app. Access to this app is password protected and as this initial password is entry point to your secure data, makes sure you set it to something that is easy to remember but hard to guess. The app is divided nicely in manageable menus - Categories, Preferences and Change Password. Actual information resides under Categories. Under each category three distinct types of ‘Records' can be added.

First record is Credit Cart definition contains card name, PIN, card number, expiry, security code and a 100 character free text field called Observations. Second category is Login, having fields Item Name, Username, Password, URL and Observations. Third category is Text Note, much like a notepad on your cell, with a whooping 2000 character space to store any text you like. The ‘Preferences' menu lets you select inactivity time and action to take upon threshold minutes are passed, for instance, app can be locked or ended after two minutes of inactivity. Then there's all important max login attempt control. User can also define how many attempts are allowed after which the application exits, or delete all the saved data - reminiscent of Mission Impossible!

Then there's a straightforward help as well but it's not likely to be used in such a simple app. The only limiting factor here restriction of three categories with two records each. It is the only glitch of this otherwise fully functional tool, and one can still live with it as it translates to six distinct records, with possibility of saving multiple information under free form text note record given its 2K character limit.

Second Application

Second such tool is Secret Codes. It starts with a progress bar showing it's a bit heavy app. There's no password to open the application, but individual databases that reside inside it are individually password protected. This can be of use for those who want to keep shared information secret without having to worry which partner has the physical possession of the phone. A new database can be created using Options > New. Enter a name and a password. Press Options > Create. Database becomes ready and is opened automatically.

There are no records at the moment. Press Add to enter key and value pairs. These could be login / password, bank name and ATM PIN etc. User can add several such entries for each database thus keeping relevant info organised. There's an option of taking and restoring backup through cable attachment with a PC. With a very small size, 25 KB, and completely free, this is a great application for the security buffs out there.

Third Application

Third one is DazioAES, which is a similar app with 44 KB size and is categorised as a password manager. It employs AES encryption standard based upon Bouncycastle cryptography library. The first screen asks for password to be entered, leaving a newbie bewildered until Options > Help is selected to know the default password, which is 0000.

Next screen asks for email address, clear the default one and leave the field blank to arrive at main screen showing Element List. Go to Options > New. Enter Title, Username and Password. Press Options. Here, selecting Notes allows freeform text entry of up to 1024 characters. Finally, press Options > Done to save the ‘element'.

There is web-based synchronisation option (upload and download) but is not recommended as the password is also saved in the same application and allowing web-access can be a security risk. One of the strong points of this app though is password length. Max 256 character password can be applied.

All these apps are available at GetJar. Surf this site using PC to note the download code, which can be entered in the cell phone browser pointed at GetJar to save GPRS browsing and searching time. And you do not need to have any specialised cell phone OS like Symbian, PalmOS and WinCE, which means these apps are compatible with low-end Java enabled cell phones running native OS, just like Nokia 6030.

But remember, securing cell phones is also a matter of common sense and taking general precautions. Beware of e-banking statements - balance inquiries and statements - in your inbox. Also, turn off auto-save outbox feature to make sure your SMS banking PIN is not key-logged. In some cell phones with auto-saving off, last typed message remains in ‘compose message' screen until explicitly cleared. Make sure all such cache type data is removed promptly.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      irwan 

      8 years ago

      security aplication

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)