A small lock screen security flaw in the Samsung Galaxy Note II

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a pretty awesome device. You get a comfortably large screen, the S-Pen, loads of connectivity, and the latest version of Android. A little lock screen trick has been discovered though, and while not terribly earth-shattering, is something that Note II owners should be aware of. Basically, from a locked screen, one can access the “emergency call” function, then hit the “emergency contacts” button, and then the “Home” hardkey. This exposes the home screen for a quick while, and allows the user to launch any items while the home screen icons are visible. The phablet will still revert back to the locked state, so interaction with the home screen is limited to launching an app, but, say you have a favorite contact pinned to the home screen, that could be tapped and called, no problem. Like we said, it’s not really a gaping security hole, but it’s something to take note of, particularly if you have sensitive apps pinned to your home screen. For those of you who want to see the trick in action, YouTube user Terence Eden has a video HERE. It’s an exploit present on the Galaxy Note II running 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and can be done regardless of what lock method you use. The owner of whichever Galaxy Note II you try this on will, of course, reserve the right to punch you in the face for trying, so maybe ask permission first. You have been warned.