If you have a smartphone you need to be smart and keep it protected. That’s why you should always use a lock on it in order to prevent unauthorized access.
For the first several years as a smartphone owner I never used a lock. Mostly this was out of laziness. I didn’t want to bother entering a code every time I wanted into my phone. Once I started using one I realized that it really isn’t much of an annoyance and as they say I’d rather be safe than sorry.
Think about how much information your phone holds and the damage that could be done if it got into the wrong hands. There’s all your contacts and pictures. There could also be information about where you live and work. Perhaps you have financial information or do mobile banking. Then there’s also direct access to all your social media accounts.
I prefer a 4 digit pin lock. It’s easy to quickly punch in the numbers and get right into your phone. I’ve taken phone security up a notch by also having it take a picture with the front facing camera after a third failed pin attempt. That picture is then uploaded to my Dropbox account. If anyone steals my phone or tries to get in without my permission I’ll have a clear picture of who they are.
There is a cool Android app I use to make it so I don’t have to use a password when I’m at home where my phone is safe. It’s called SkipLock. It makes it so the lock is disabled when connected to my home wifi.
If you aren’t using a lock of some kind on your phone I urge you to try one out for a few days. I think you’ll soon realize that it isn’t that much of a hassle.
Do you use some sort of lock on your phone? Why… or why not?