Protecting your privacy with screen locks? You can and it’s simple.
Probably just a few people really notice it, but the screen lock feature happens to be one of the most useful ally to protect your devices privacy.
The screen lock, indeed, does a bit of a front line defense against those who want to meddle and pry into your business, whether if it’s for personal reasons or attempts at attacks by hackers and cyber criminals, who aim to get your sensitive data.
With the smartphones and mobile devices spread, increasingly essential and in hand, we are now constantly in contact and interconnected with the surrounding world.
The way to communicate, to relate, to work, to shop and also to spend free time has changed substantially.
Mainly, this brought many benefits related to developement and relationships, but the other side of the coin is the bigger risk that each of us has to face in terms of privacy.
Indeed, just because they’re already daily tools, capable of doing a series of very important things, smartphones and other mobile devices cointain lots of sensitive data.
This means that if they were to be violated by cyber criminals or end up in the hands of the wrong people, they could turn into a wide open door on a person’s private life, with access to passwords, bank accounts, credit card numbers, data, photos, videos and an infinity of personal information.
iOS screen locks
If you lost your cellphone, for instance, or you left it at your friend’s house and you want to avoid that someone might pry into your business, you can lock the screen remotely.
Click on the Find my iPhone icon, type your ID Apple password, if requested, and wait until it displays the Apple Maps map on the screen.
Click on All devices and on the name of your iPhone from the menu that opens: if next to the name a green circle appears, then it will mean that the phone has been located and that you can lock it without problems remotely; otherwise, it will mean that the mobile phone has not been detected.
Choose the operation you’re interested in from the commands list that you can use remotely on your device.
Screen lock with lock code
If you want to lock the iPhone screen because you have not set an unlock code during the initial configuration, go to the gear icon and access to the iOS settings, select Touch ID and the code from the screen.
Continue with Enable code and set the 6-digit code to lock the screen, typing it twice.
You can also set a 4-digit code or a password consisting of numbers, letters and special characters: to do this, go to Code Options and choose between Custom Alphanumeric Code or 4-digit Numeric Code.
Screen lock with Touch ID
To configure the screen unlock with the fingerprint, always go to settings, clicking on the gear in the dashboard, select Touch ID and code and type the unlock code of the iPhone.
Enable the Unlock iPhone, by moving the switch on ON, click on Add a fingerprint and follow the indications in order to set the fingerprint recognition.
Now, put the tip of you finger on the Dashboard button and slightly move it, lifting and putting it back on the button.
It should come out on the screen the written Adjust grip, then hold the phone naturally and place your finger back on the Dashboard button.
With the same procedure, you can configure up to 5 fingerprints, while if you want to delete a previously stored fingerprint, go to the settings and to Touch ID and iOS code, type the unlock code and select the fingerprint to be deleted.
Android lock screen
If you have an Android smartphone instead, go to Settings and click on Privacy, Screen Lock and PIN.
In order to choose which protection to use, it’s enough to go to the setting menu, click on Safety and location and access to Screen Lock, activating the protection you prefer among PIN, password or graphic sequence.
The newest Adroid smartphones allow you to unlock the screen with a fingerprint, facial recognition and iris recognition.
However, you must also set an accessory protection between PIN, password or sequence: in fact, if biometric recognition of fingerprint, face and iris fail, then the device will ask you to type PIN, password or sequence.
Android also makes available to its users the Smart Lock function, which allows you to avoid the lock screen when you are in a reliable place, such as home, for example. Smart Lock uses geolocation services to locate the device position and to deactivate the screen lock when you are in the indicated place.
The function is always enabled from Settings, selecting Security and location and, therefore, Smart Lock.
At this point, click Trusted Locations and set an area where the screen lock must be disabled.
The function allows you to keep the device unlocked, so you can access the dashboard screen more easily, when in contact with the body or nearby is detected a known device or with facial or vocal recognition.
Moreover, also the Adroid users can locate their device and lock it through Find my Google device.