As mobile users become more dependent on their smartphones and tablets, they are growing increasingly worried about keeping their devices and personal information protected. Mobile manufacturers aren't clueless to this tendency, which is why they outfit their latest smartphones with stand-out security features. Some of them even go as a far as to develop smartphones that are entirely security-centric. LG didn't go to such lengths, but it too embraced the growing security awareness in its customers.
With its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G3
, the company catered to the security-conscious by bundling five essential security tools that let them lock the phone and its content with precision, give it to guests to use without hesitating about privacy violations, and remotely wipe the smartphone in case it got stolen. Here are the five essential LG G3 security tools you must know about. And if you want to go even deeper, check out our round-up of 40 Tips & Tricks for the LG G3
LG G3 – Top 5 essential security features
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LG G3 – Top 5 essential security features
1. LG Knock Code
The "LG Knock Code" feature lets owners of the LG G3 unlock their phone with a custom tap pattern. Not only it's a novel way for unlocking, but it can potentially be more secure than a pass-code or draw pattern. To use this handy feature, head to the 'Settings, Display, Lock Screen' menu, and tap "Select screen lock". Now go ahead and define the most elaborate tapping pattern you can come up with. Then train yourself to execute it perfectly each time you want to use your LG G3.
2. LG Guest Mode
The "LG Guest Mode" feature allows you to define a "restricted usage" mode when you must hand your LG G3 to someone else for a longer period. With “Guest mode” active, your "guests" will unlock the phone with a different method or pattern, and will have up to five user-defined apps to use.
To activate the feature, go to the 'Settings, General' menu, and tap "Guest mode". Flip the switch to "On", and the phone will ask you to define an unlock method for the lock-screen. Do it, then tap "Allowed app" and choose up to five available apps for your guests to use. You can also tap "Wallpaper" and change the background for the Guest mode Home screen.
3. LG Content Lock
The "LG Content Lock" security feature lets you lock chosen files in the phone's Gallery with a dedicated password or pattern. To activate it, go to the 'Settings, General, Security' menu, and tap "Content lock". The phone will ask you to define a password or pattern for locking files. Then, you will use this password or pattern to lock files in the Gallery by browsing to it and tapping "Lock file" from the three-squared menu. Choose the files to lock, and tap "Lock" to protect them.
To access locked content, go to the Gallery's three-squared menu again, and tap "Locked files". You can view locked files or unlock them from this place.
4. Lock LG Backup files
The LG G3 comes with the "LG Backup" service, which is able to perform, transfer and restore manual and scheduled back-ups of your phone's data. Backups are stored as single files inside your phone's memory, SD card, or LG Cloud account. For additional security, said back-up files can be locked with a password or pattern, so they cannot be transferred to another device and tampered with.
To activate this feature, go to 'Settings, General, Backup & reset', and tap "LG Backup service". Tap "Backup and restore" and you'll see three menus - "Backup", "Scheduled backup", and "File restore & management". The first two menus both have the "Lock backup files" option. Activate it and input a password to protect them.
5. Locate and remote-wipe the LG G3 with McAfee Mobile Security
LG and security firm McAfee made a pact that sees the LG G3 shipping with a built-in version of McAfee's Mobile Security app, with a free subscription to boot! And that's a great thing to have, because the app takes care of things such as keeping your phone safe from malware, locating it via its GPS chip, and letting you wipe its data remotely.
To get to grips with McAfee's protection, launch the app from the app drawer. Use the "Security scan" feature to manually or periodically scan your phone for malware. Use the "Find Device" section to learn how you can locate the LG G3 from McAfee's website, or by sending a text message to it. The option to wipe the phone's data is there as well. It requires the six-digit PIN code which you obtained when you powered up your LG G3 for the first time. Use this feature only in case of emergency!