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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 796515, 9 pages
Research Article

Time Pattern Locking Scheme for Secure Multimedia Contents in Human-Centric Device

1Department of Multimedia Engineering, Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715, Republic of Korea
2Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul 139-743, Republic of Korea

Received 18 July 2014; Accepted 4 August 2014; Published 17 August 2014

Academic Editor: Jason C. Hung

Copyright © 2014 Hyun-Woo Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Among the various smart multimedia devices, multimedia smartphones have become the most widespread due to their convenient portability and real-time information sharing, as well as various other built-in features. Accordingly, since personal and business activities can be carried out using multimedia smartphones without restrictions based on time and location, people have more leisure time and convenience than ever. However, problems such as loss, theft, and information leakage because of convenient portability have also increased proportionally. As a result, most multimedia smartphones are equipped with various built-in locking features. Pattern lock, personal identification numbers, and passwords are the most used locking features on current smartphones, but these are vulnerable to shoulder surfing and smudge attacks, allowing malicious users to bypass the security feature easily. In particular, the smudge attack technique is a convenient way to unlock multimedia smartphones after they have been stolen. In this paper, we propose the secure locking screen using time pattern (SLSTP) focusing on improved security and convenience for users to support human-centric multimedia device completely. The SLSTP can provide a simple interface to users and reduce the risk factors pertaining to security leakage to malicious third parties.