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The Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover Security Flaw

Security is an issue everywhere, on the internet, on your mobile device, on your tablet, on your computer and even in your personal lives. Well, at least on mobile devices and such, there is something called as Password. But, even those passwords aren’t very protective and can be bypassed with hacks such as the one I’m about to share with you. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Smart Cover that Apple made famous with their iPad 2, well, it turns out that they can let a user bypass the Passcode lock and enter the homescreen.

Sounds scary doesn’t it? As 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman discovered, the iPad 2 Smart Cover has a loop in the security and can let users access their Passcode locked devices without needing to entering any code. How bad is that? However, this method will not let you use or open any of the applications once inside the iPad, but imagine if you left an important email or personal file open. People do normally keep their apps open, such as emails, messages, photos or something else. It happens all the time, I’ve experienced it myself. I’ve left apps open and forgotten about it. Once you leave the iPad idle for 30 seconds, it locks itself. Now that’s an opportunity.

There is a simple method on how to do this, and lets find out how you can do it. Be advised, that this is not something cool. It’s literally like breaking in to another’s personal data and can lead to gruesome battles or even death. Here’s how to do it. Remember this will only work if you have a Smart Cover.

  • Lock your device, then hold the iPad’s Power button until the “slide to power off” switch appears
  • Close the iPad’s Smart Cover. This will lock the device again.
  • Open the Smart Cover and select  ‘Cancel’. Baam!! You have successfully bypassed the lock screen.
Check out the video after the break:

What do you think? Hope Apple addresses this issue real soon.

Useful Google Search Engine Hacks

Sometimes searching on Google is a bit of technical and tricky thing because the search results returned by Google are corresponding to what we have entered in the query. If you happen to have a knack for online tricks and tips then you must be aware of some search operators or operands that can make your search on Google very much effective. So today I will be telling you about some really cool Google search hacks that you might not be aware of:

Instant Information Shortcut

It is by no doubt a fact that Google is a very smart search engine that in some instances can provide you spot-on information as per your query. For example if you are curious to know about the local time in Australia, instead of searching for a website that will provide you that information you can directly type in the words ‘time in Australia’ and Google will give you an answer instantly.

Google Word Trick

Same trick also works wonder if you try them for weather, units, currency, showtimes and sport updates. You can get more information about this particular shortcut hack on Search Feature page of Google.

Google Cache Hack

Google has a very unique feature that it collects entire websites data and store that data temporarily in its cache. This means that the next time you sit on your computer and find that the website you want to visit is either blocked or down then you can access it via Google’s cache. This particular Google cache bridges the time till you can again access that website again.

All you have to do is type cache: URL and the latest snapshot that was last saved will be available on your screen.

Faces only Hack in Google

This particular hack is about Google image search in which faces are involved. Normally when we are searching on Google for someone having an unorthodox name, search results become a bit haywire. For example you are searching for someone named Rose  then the Google image search results will be as follows:

Google search face type

Adding a filter ‘&imgtype=face’ will ultimately filter your search results so that only the images having faces will be shown. Here is when we add the operator to our previous search results:

Google Face operator

Do let us know if you know about some Google search hacks and tricks in comments.