Weekend Open Forum: What phone security do you use?

By Matthew ยท 39 replies
Dec 6, 2013
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  1. Like locking a car door, passwording my phone has always felt like it would only deter the weak willed. Nonetheless, earlier this year I decided a basic passcode was comforting enough for everyday life and started using a four-dot pattern...

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 833   +367

    I don't carry a mobile phone with me. Seems like a pretty secure way of doing things. If I'm not at home, I'm at work, where there's a phone. If I'm not at work, I'm at home, where there's a phone. If I'm at neither of those places, chances are that I don't want anybody calling me.
  3. Senthil.c

    Senthil.c TS Rookie

    @ Lurker101 - remind me of my grandpa, its sounds like you still living in 18th century that's ok but the author not asking people like you..

    I'm using just simple pin code in my lumina920 for work, finger print on atrix 4g at home.
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,187   +735

    Galaxy Note 2 running CM 11 (KitKat)
    4 digit pin for unlock and another 4 digit pin for Play Store purchases. Phone set to lock after 5mins.

    Using Pins and ADM make me feel safer.
  5. WithoutAnyMilk

    WithoutAnyMilk TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +10

    Even with a password, all one has to do is plug the phone into a computer and voila! Everything is at the thief's fingertips. So no, I don't feel secure at all.
  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,187   +735

    When I connect my phone to my PC it shows up, but when I double click on it, it says "Folder is Empty" when my phone is locked. ;)

    Update: I did forget my ext SD card can be removed and viewed on a computer so I should encrypt it. Ooops. I could also go one step further and set up a SIM lock in case someone tries to change it.
    Matthew likes this.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,057   +4,099

    Typically, I don't use security on my smartphone. Since nothing sensitive is stored on it, I feel passcoding it just creates more trouble than worth.
  8. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    No security. You can easily crack the codes or bypass them altogether. I always have my phone either, in my work van (Dish), in my toolbelt, in my pocket, or in my ACU top (Army). Want it? get it from me first.
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,187   +735

    That's not true, and if you have the phone in your hands it can be stolen.
    See: "Apple Picking"
  10. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    Never thought of that, good thing the majority of the time it stays in where I put it and use my BlueTooth.

    Even if they hack the Bluetooth, setting up a security code for unlocking the phone is useless

    Oh! I do have a kind of security on my phone, dunno if it works or not, but I have "Where's my Droid". I have tried the GPS, Ring, and flash, but never tried to wipe it via WMD Commander. It's not a lock screen, but if it gets stolen, I can wipe all data, send a message to my wife that the phone has been stolen from my phone, send its GPS coordinates in real time or via triangulation, other cool features.
  11. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    None, I can't imagine anyone would want to steal my 5 year old blackberry.
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,057   +4,099

    Antique collectors can be a nefarious bunch. I wouldn't let my guard down for too long.
    Matthew likes this.
  13. Using fingerprint security of iphone %s now :)
  14. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 449   +34

    No security, but only things stored in my phone are contacts and spam sms.
  15. Acespaces

    Acespaces TS Member Posts: 85   +12

    3 years ago I used a passcode (android pattern lock) but than noticed that it hindered me from doing tasks at full speed like answering a sms or checking the weather (full speed as in one handed in 5 seconds). The only reason I kept the password on at the time was because of theft, or the occasional person getting a hold of my phone and snooping around. But after thought I came to conclusion that someone would only steal my phone is I allowed them to or gave them the opportunity I.e leaving it laying around. But I never do that. Also that the only thing I'm afraid for people to see are a few photos on my phone.

    So for the past 3 years I have not had a lock on the lock screen, always kept my phone in my hand or right thigh pocket, and used a file locker/hider on those not so clean images.
  16. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,435   +488

    Tracphone. Only way to go.
  17. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,187   +735

    I'm interested in how you think its so easy to hack bluetooth and pin locks.
    FYI, services like find my droid, adm, android lost, and find my phone are useless used on their own if the thief shuts off the gps and or location services before you could wipe it. That's where pins, encryption, and sim locks come in. ;)

    Btw, remote wipes can be done anywhere you can get an internet connection. Waiting for wifey could be too late.
  18. baN893

    baN893 TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +10

    Using facial recognition on my Nexus 5 to unlock it.
  19. I have a Nexus 5. There is no SD card to speak of, the internal memory is encrypted with a PIN which is also the lock screen PIN, there is a SIM pin, and there's a Desktop Backup Password (you can set this under Developer Options) so if you want to adb backup you need that passphrase too, even if the phone is not at the lock screen.
  20. drfan

    drfan TS Rookie

    I dont use password to unlock phone but pin code for sensitive apps like message, mail... Also, I encrypted private files or photos, videos. I use at least 6 numbers pin or password.
  21. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,122   +526

    After setting up a passcode for a panimage tablet
    for a friend & it later was given to me, & none of of remembering it, I've decided NO passcode on my iPhone 4. Its still sitting here, untouched. :)
  22. Well I don't own a regular phone, I own an iphone and they don't get viruses or anything. I am not worried. Its by far and away the best and most secure phone on the market. its not like cheap Android phones that are full of security holes and very vunarable. I would never choose another phone.
  23. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,122   +526

    Give it time, I'm sure there are hackers out here looking for a way in them :)
  24. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +205

    Ohhh, Guest. You're are so silly. I really hope that you're just being sarcastic. If it was so secure, why in the world does each revision get jailbroken the moment it's released lol.
    learninmypc likes this.
  25. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    I hope you are joking... ANY software can get a virus. I hate "Apple uber-enthusiasts", the main reason I hate apple products.

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