Smartphone Security Tip: Lock that screen: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry

Have you ever noticed the person that takes out their smartphone and in less than a blink of an eye, they’re accessing their address book or some other application?

Impressive, huh? Not really, if they’ve accessed that information without having to enter any security information first.

What’s the big deal? All of that swiping and tapping just slows you down when you’re trying to get to that all important phone number or address, right? Right. Well, that’s really the point of any security measure.

It’s amazing how many people don’t make use of the simple lock screen security feature on their smartphones. True, there are so many other security measures, but we’ll just address this one today.



When considering the fact that a large majority of people use their smartphone for both personal and business use, smartphone security is a big deal. Yep, Grandma’s number could be sitting snugly, right next to your main supplier’s contact information.

Grandma might not mind sharing her favorite recipe if asked, but what about you giving out your most coveted contact lists, or your next great idea, step by step detailed in the notepad app?

Our advice to you: Lock that screen!

A very easy way to block prying eyes from your precious smartphone information is to require a password or PIN code in order to access you phone after it has been unattended for after a certain amount of time.

How to do it? Here are some device specific steps:

  • iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Passcode lock
  • Android: Go to Settings > Location & security > Set up screen lock. The timeout delay is configured separately, under Settings > Display
  • BlackBerry: Go to Options > Security Options > General Settings >Password
  • Windows Phone 7: Go to Settings > Lock & Wallpaper

Locking your smartphone’s screen may be a simple, yet effective security measure. Under certain conditions, the locked screen may also be circumvented. Do you of any additional security measures to take in that case?

Be Secure!
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