A simple task such as setting your phone with a 4 digit PIN code lock while not the best way to secure your phone is better than doing nothing at all. Recently at a charity event I attended in Bayside Queens, I was chatting with a volunteer who I have done work for. In talking, she mentioned that if her phone was to get lost, anyone could get into her personal information as she did not have any pass code to protect it. It would be there for all to see. I immediately told her that she needed to secure her phone and even a 4 digit PIN code is better than not doing anything. About 6 months ago, a Consumer Reports survey noted that 36% of all phone users set their phone up with a 4 digit PIN code. Only 11% of all phone users use a PIN code of longer than 4 digits, a password, or unlock pattern. Consumer Reports article.
Yes I know it is a pain but the pain of losing your phone and having your personal data so vulnerable would be much worse. Take a minute and put a 4 digit PIN lock code on your smartphone. Better yet, use a password with a combination of at least 8 digits, letters (including at least 1 uppercase), and a character such as a “!”. If you insist on only using digits, use more than 4 digits at least. Have your screen lock after one minute of inactivity as well. Nothing is 100% secure but doing something will move you closer to it. Thefts of smartphones almost doubled from 2012 to 2013.
So what are you doing to protect your smartphone?
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