Proposal: Personal Data Encryption (maybe SoC?)

Steven Milburn steven.milburn at
Mon Mar 19 03:12:24 CET 2007

That still requires two hands just to make a phone call.  I don't know if
it's as bad everywhere else, but American drivers are way too likely to
attempt this while driving 80mph in traffic and eating a big mac.  The main
reason I like the fingerprint sensor concept is that it enables one-handed,
no-look speed dialing, while keeping some level of security on the contacts

I'm seriously contemplating getting a Neo at some point and replacing one of
the side buttons with a sensor for this purpose.  I think it would be a fun


On 3/18/07, Paul Wouters <paul at> wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Mar 2007, Steven Milburn wrote:
> > First, if one concedes that the typical sensor can be easily fooled, I
> still
> > think fingerprint sensors tend to add security to most phones.  That's
> > because I think most users cannot be bothered to hide data behind a
> decent
> > pass phrase they would have to type on a tiny keyboard.  Joe Average is
> much
> > more likely to adopt a concept that works something like:  Swipe one of
> your
> > eight fingers (up, down, left, or right) (thumbs can be dexterally
> > difficult) and you are authenticates and one of 32 pre-selected actions
> > happens (call a speed dial, open email, open calendar, etc).
> It doesnt add more security compared to a "scribbled login pattern". And
> it doesnt require a fingerprint reader.
> Paul
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