Some may recall when monitors could double as an virtual aquarium. The effect was titled a screensaver and popular to prevent phosphor burn-in on old CRT and plasma computers. Modern OLED devices eliminate the concern.

So what splashes now? A screen that appears after a user designated interval of inactivity. More often than not, the user must do something to get their device to return from black sleep before they encounter what can be termed a ‘privacy” or ‘cover’ shield.


The essential difference between such a user enabled protective display of convenience and a lockscreen is technical. Lockscreens are defined as an interface element regulating immediate access to a device.

By contrast, when an app splashes to prevent unwanted and/or vulnerable viewing, the device itself is already unlocked. In some improperly safeguarded scenarios, a user can easily tap the ‘recent apps’ button to see all active operations.

  • FaceGuard provides the user with a YES | NO choice to allow FaceGuard to function (or not) as a Lockscreen regulating access to the device.
  • FaceGuard – as a secure and encrypted password manager – will always serve as a convenient Cover – Privacy screen requiring FaceChallenge satisfaction before permitting opening FaceGuard or even the ability to invoke the ‘recent apps’ mode.

The WHY is in part based on the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which defends citizens from the government conducting “unreasonable searches and seizures” without a warrant. Furthermore, in 2015 a Virginia Federal court decision involved the Fifth Amendment which provides for a protection against self incrimination.

This entire realm of digital privacy has rapidly raced beyond Judge Judy’s jurisdiction. Aspects are being debated in the US Supreme Court. In the interim, since all device’s contain sensitive personal information, prudent counsel suggests using every reasonable means available to secure the contents. FaceGuard provides a convenient, free solution.

PS: It’s rarely constable or courts seeking a peek inside a cell-phone.  However, snoopy people see any open device as an invitation to peep and pry. Best to keep them out.

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