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Screen locks: how to easily protect your privacy

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.

How can we protect ourselves from the risk of data thefts, identity thefts and other unpleasant inconveniences?
 
Well, the method we are talking about today is perhaps one of the simplest and consists in using the function of locking screens on every mobile phone, smartphone or mobile device.
 
This is to prevent anyone from accessing your device freely, so we recommend that you opt for a secure system and use a hard-to-find PIN or password.
 
For added security, you can also use an unlocking system with biometric sensor, such as fingerprint or face recognition.
 
To enable this feature, the process changes depending on whether you have an iOS or Android smartphone.

 

iOS screen locks

If you have an iPhone, you can activate the screen lock by going to Settings and selecting the items Touch ID and code or Face ID and code, if you have an iPhoneX, choose Add Code or Change Code and set what you prefer.
 
Nevertheless, the iPhone gives also the chance to lock the device screen from long distance.

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.

For this to be possible, you must have activated the Find my iPhone service in the settings and your phone must be on, connected to the Internet and with the active GPS.
 
In the absence of even one of these elements, then you will not be able to remotely access to your iPhone and perform the operations allowed even remotely.
 
First, access the iCloud.com site and log in with the credentials of your Apple ID or, in any case, with those of the Apple ID configured on the iPhone you want to block.

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.

Once located the iPhone on the map, at the top right click on Lost Mode and follow the directions, but the procedure is really simple.
 
You just need to set the unlock code to protect your access, and you can also type a phone number or a custom message to display in the iPhone lock screen.
 
Complete the procedure by clicking on End and from now on your iPhone will be locked with the code you set from the PC.
 
In case you do not have a PC to perform the procedure, you can also proceed through the app Find iPhone for iOS, usable from any Apple portable device and which is accessed with Apple ID configured on the iPhone you want to trace back.
 
The procedure is basically the same, the only thing that changes is the device you use to do so.

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.

All you have to do is type in the code or password you choose and confirm.
 

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.

Smart Lock

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.

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