Post # 1
A recent thread got me thinking about this. Someone said that she and her SO don’t have locks on their phones because they trust each other and have nothing to hide. I found this kind of interesting because I don’t think that trust is the main reason why people lock their phones. Both DH and I have locks on our iPhones but we know each others passcodes. If you have a device with personal information like email (especially work related stuff), banking apps or even just pictures, I feel that you really should protect yourself by setting up a pin just in case your phone is lost or stolen. Yes, there are ways around the passcode but I doubt the average person knows how to go about breaking in.
I have my work email on my phone and having a passcode is a requirement, although, I would have it locked even if it wasn’t. If someone were to find my phone and gain access to my email, things could get pretty hairy. Besides just my work stuff, I have about 1500 pictures and videos on there that I’d prefer a complete stranger not sift through as well as a bunch of apps that have personal information stored. I don’t know about other platforms but the passcode on the iPhone is just 4 numbers so it should be easy enough for just about anyone to remember.
So… do you have your phone on lockdown? Why or why not?
Post # 3
I don’t b/c I tend to equate locking a phone with hiding information from people around you, such as your SO. BUT…now that I just read your post, I realize that I should have it locked, especially when I’m out in public (b/c of the material I have on my phone – bank info, etc…). I tend to be too trusting sometimes, which is not always good.
Post # 4
Yup, my phone is locked. I learned my lesson when I had my unlocked phone stolen from an Ikea. FI doesn’t know the passcode, because some things are meant to be private – ie: my emails with his wedding present are on the phone. He trusts me completely to never break his trust.
Post # 5
No. I do not have the need.
Post # 6
I voted for the “in case my phone is lost or stolen”… but Mr Dane plays rugby and his teammates are known for taking phones and snapping a photo of their balls and then setting it as the phone background. No thanks.
Post # 7
@DaneLady: Oh my, i laughed LOUD!
Post # 8
@UpstateCait: I do and my situation is very much like your’s. I deal with protected information at work, I have bank stuff, etc. Also… I just don’t like the idea of a stranger rambling through my phone. In this day, it’s the equivalent to rambling through my wallet.
Post # 9
we both used to have a lock code…but the same one. Now I dont have one cause it got annoying and he changed his but I know it.
Post # 10
I have a code on mine, but FI knows wht it is. I would hit buttons when my phone was in my purse so I set up a pass code.
Post # 11
I do, but FI and I know each others passwords. I’ve never snooped in his phone and I trust him not to snoop in mine. But sometimes if I’m lazy and he is sitting next to my phone, I’ll ask him to send a text for me, and vice versa, hence knowing each others codes. Also, God forbid something happens to me, I want him to be able to get into my contacts.
Post # 12
My phone is not password protected, but after reading this I realized it probably should be.
Post # 13
@DaneLady: I wonder if you can tell which “balls” belongs to which “guy”? LOL
No, my phone is not password protected. Because I don’t usually lose mine. It’s attached to my “hip” figuratively…. LOL
My SO is protected with his password, and I don’t know it, but he doesn’t use it much. And leaves it at home, or in the car, and doesn’t care!
The thing with password protected phones is this: If you do lose it, and you don’t know where you lost it, you’ll never get it back! When I find a cellphone, at the places where I clean, I usually try to find a phone number I can call from the contact list, so I can get in touch with the owner and give it back. Usually the managers keep it in the safe, and if no one comes to pick it up within a week, it’s trash!
I found a cell phone in a Salvation Army store once , on the shelf near the dishes… it was open. And the cashier said: “We just throw them away” Okay, I phoned one phone number and it turned out it was the daughter of the owner and because her dad was having alzheimer’s symptoms, she bought him the cell phone to stay in touch and that he can use it to call her if he got confused so she can come get him and bring him back home… she finally decided to put him in a home after this one, too many incidents… so sad!
Post # 14
Yes, my company pays for my phone and requires it. The phone cannot NOT have a passcode based on the security software they put on the phones for us.
Post # 15
I dont and neither does DH because we don’t have any sensitive info on our phones. Our bank apps all are PW protected, but the email linked to my phone is really only full of spam mail and coupon offers, nothing too personal.
Post # 16
I always lock mine, mostly because I’ll leave it unattended at my desk sometimes, and well frankly I don’t trust some people not to screw with it. And like you said I don’t want people getting to some things on there if I lost it somewhere! You can turn off the simple passcode and opt for a more complicated one on the iphone but I’m too lazy to type in anything but 4 digits; that works good enough for me! My husband doesn’t lock his tho, but he does know my code to mine.
And LOL @DaneLady: That is crazy!