Weekend Open Forum: What phone security do you use?

By Matthew
Dec 6, 2013
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  1. yowanvista

    yowanvista Newcomer, in training Posts: 82

  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,714   +873

    4 number passcode.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TechSpot Booster Posts: 342   +66

    I don't own a regular phone either, I own an Android and it is far superior to your iphone. I never get any viruses on it even without having any kind of phone security because I use something called common sense and don't click on the $100000 prize ad. Same thing goes for Windows on PC.
  4. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

    As far a security to access the phone, I do not have anything set. With that being said I do have several other tools in place in case the device is lost/stolen. Apps them selves that need a code to access or modify. One app that requires a pass phrase to uninstall any apps, one that will perform a remote wipe, sdcard encryption, SIM card lock. I realize there are ways around just about everything but these steps will be enough to give me some peace of mind against the average Joe who might find it if I loose it.
  5. And apparently you are silly too because they don't get jailbroken "the moment it's released" like you claim. The jailbreak too almost 6 months on iOS 6 and they still don't have one out for iOS 7 yet
  6. I have a jailbroken iPhone and I use a 7 dot password lock (cydia tweak), along with Find my iPhone and a program that stops criminals from being able to wipe my phone if they get it (cydia tweak) and a program that can stop them from turning off my phone or putting it in airplane mode along with remotely activating location features so I can find my stolen phone (cydia tweak) so, contrary to what one of the earlier posters seems to believe, jailbreaking can actually enhance security
  7. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    None sadly. Need to invest in a better phone. Mine doesn't even have a vibrate function and missed calls only show when it's turned on LOL
  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 818   +19

    Just got my smartphone because I'm taking a free android app course at coursera.org. Got it at walmart. Did you know att makes smartphones for their prepaid system? That's what I have, an att avail. Can't you just reset the phone and remove the password anyway? I don't use a password. What I thought this article dealt with is antivirus (like avast) for the android phone.
  9. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    I don't keep anything on my phone or on the internet unless I'm okay with it being in the public domain. Anything more private than that, you'd have to ask the NSA for. I'm sure they could tell you everything about me.

    That, and I use an old Motorola Razr V3 from 2005. If you wanted to have a look at my contacts, or my latest text message from my parents, you could come up to me and grab my phone and have a look if you want. I'm not saying I'm using the most secure, impenetrable device known to man, I'm just saying that using the older technology can keep you safer most of the time. My father, for instance, runs his laptops using outdated MS operating systems purely because there aren't any viruses being written for those platforms anymore.

    One of the more disappointing aspects of current gen tech is that, when you're buying something, you have to accept that there's now a large risk that you're vulnerable to a cyber-attack of some kind. It then becomes a matter of what you keep on your phone, rather than how to keep people out. Always maintain a mindset of, "If I lost my phone today or had it stolen, would it be a catastrophe?" If the answer is yes, rethink what you're putting on your devices and why.
  10. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 804   +201

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    You don't need to worry about security, you have already agreed to absolutely zero privacy and to let Apple see and hear everything you do on your iphone. My Droid 4's OS may be easy as pie to break into but it offers much more versatility, freedom and performance.
    I won't say that people who get iphones are usually tech dummies because thats not always the case, I like to put my brain on standby to and thats why I have an ipad.
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  11. gibbstar

    gibbstar Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    4 key password and finger print scan on the iphone 5s, plus I have the find your phone app, which is great for deleting all data on your phone if you get separated from it. I usually have my laptop on me, so as long as I have wifi access I can get onto the remote site and shut 'er down! What if somebody steals my laptop, too, you might ask? if they try and jack any of my **** I'm putting up a fight, so will probably be dead or not have it stolen depending on the outcome. I have it mostly for losing my items, such as in taxis after a long night, etc.
     
  12. Most of you all insecure freaks... I 100% guarantee no one gives a damn about anything any of you have on your phones...
  13. Khanonate

    Khanonate TechSpot Member Posts: 91   +7


    You wanna bet?! lol
  14. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    Mathew
    On my Lumia 920 I have a pin code* (and I mostly carry it around). On my S4 (and all previous Galaxy S's) nothing, nada, it is pointless, since no matter what mechanism you use, it can be easily trashed. So no point in wasting my time on something which isn't going to hold out.

    * I don't think it is unbreakable as such.
  15. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 954   +30

    None. Though using a Nokia S60 phone is kind of security by itself.


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