Natural and Intuitive Hand Gestures
To unlock their tablet, users can set gestures one of two ways. Either they place their fingertips on the screen all at once to authenticate, or they can tap different fingers in a pattern to heighten security – for example, thumb, ring, index, middle, pinky. This ordered gesture could also mean using your pointer finger to tap a pattern on different parts of the screen. The possibilities for gestures are limitless.
The unlock interface takes a series of touch points and compares them to a series of points stored in a user’s profile. Profiles are separated across Android’s Secure Access, and are stored per-user in Android’s user profiles. Clearing preferences for the app will remove any profiles set up for the user.
Ordered and Unordered Touch Patterns
The scanner area can take in ordered or unordered touch patterns. Ordered touch patterns are more secure, and are therefore the default option. There are at minimum three points needed to create a pattern, but technically no maximum. Most users choose to use a five point pattern, but they could choose to do something more complicated, like tapping every corner of the screen before putting in additional points that match their hand’s shape. They could even use both hands!
Both ordered and unordered patterns contain a process to decide when the pattern is finished. From there, OATH™ uses a comparison algorithm for the touch points to verify a user’s identity.
Since our customer’s security is as important to us as it is to them, OATH™ never sends biometric data to servers or databases. Instead, user profile information is stored locally on the device.
No Additional Hardware
OATH™ leverages the capacitive touchscreen on tablets to capture a user’s unique hand touch pattern. No other hardware is needed. OATH™ is currently only available to tablets on the Google Play Store, but since it works with any screen size, OATH™ could potentially be used for smartphone security as well.
HELP / FAQs
How do I enable or disable the OATH™ lockscreen?
If a profile has been established, open the OATH™ application and tap the large circular lock button. You may touch this button to toggle between “Enabled” and “Disabled.”
Why do I need to set a PIN and password?
Did you forget your gesture, or are you having trouble getting OATH™ to recognize your pattern? A PIN is set as a convenience for those times when you’re unable to access your tablet with your unique fingertip gesture pattern. The password is also an alternative to the scanner/PIN, and is what secures your device properly. If you’re unable to enter your scan or PIN, exit OATH by tapping the home button and enter your password.
Why isn’t my screen locking immediately?
A confusing problem can often be that your tablet does not immediately lock when shutting off the screen. To adjust how long your screen must be off for before locking, open your tablets’s settings menu and open “Security.” From here you can set you screen to lock immediately or after a set duration of time.
Why won’t OATH™ uninstall?
By enabling device administrator, Android ensures the application cannot be deleted until device administrator has been disabled. To disable device administrator, open your tablet’s settings and navigate to “Security.” From here you can manage your list of applications that have device administrator access. Disable OATH™ and uninstall the app as usual.
Why does OATH™ need device administrator privileges?
The device administrator privilege is required to properly secure your tablet with the default Android locking mechanisms. This ensures that your tablet is always secure. OATH™ does not have the ability to reset your device back to factory settings, so there’s no cause for alarm if you aren’t using the app, and you can always bypass OATH with the password you’ve set during enrollment.
OATH™ didn’t start, how do I unlock my tablet?
Not to worry, OATH™ is simply a layer over the standard Android password lock screen. The reason you set a password is so that you have a failsafe for entering the tablet even if OATH fails to load. OATH™ provides you with three different means of access to your device: biometric scanner, a PIN and a password.