Locks, relationships, and our smartphones - how they all intertwine with one another
0. phoneArena 15 May 2012, 02:58 posted on
So why do we have locks on our devices? Obviously, there are a host of reasons that we can go through, but for argument’s sake, we’ll simply talk about the ones that cater around relationships. First and foremost, it might simply be none other than a natural inclination for people...
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1. Jericho (unregistered)
i have a lock my phone because i don't want anyone to see the porn videos in my gallery.
9. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
android? HIDE IT PRO(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartanuj.hideitpro&hl=es) >.> just saying
2. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
i have a lock but my younger brother wants to play games on my android so he knows my password
its true brothers are annoying...
3. blinkdagger (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I've lock on my phone so while the thief/finder is trying to unlock, i'll be tracking him using lookout, if still can't find, do remotes wipe.
4. dmakun (Posts: 320; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
whats most interesting is the fact that there are 94 votes on this article and only 4 comments. lol (guys do dread their ladies these days ;-)
Well, i don't blame ya. My girl even tracks me via Google maps!
yeah! crazy, I know! (bloody technology :-D)
5. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I have a lock so my mom won't sneak in my messages and bother me non-stop. I tell my friends some stuff about girls I like and God forbid she be involved in that. Also, my music. Mom does not approve of rap. Lol.
7. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
there's nothing too incriminating on my phone that my hypothetical girlfriend should really take issue with(aside from a couple of choice photos of half naked models that I use for wall papers...well hell can't I appreciate the female form? :P), but when it comes to privacy I just gotta have it.
Regardless of how serious my relationships have gotten or not, there's always a few key things I just can't have people snooping around in on sheer principle, and my phone is one of them. I guess to me some things just have to stay completely and totally mine. Whatever significant other I end up with is just gonna have to deal with it.
So far it hasn't been a problem, but I'm not assuming that'll holdout forever.
8. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I'm still shocked that a majority of people don't have locks on their phones, well, according to the poll so far.
10. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I actually don't have one ATM (since ICS), I personally like the drop down notification bar on my lock screen. I just have an app that locks any app I want on my phone, so someone has to type as password to open it. along with that LOOKOUT will lock my phone is someones swaps sims and if they and I can wipe it remotely or locate it
11. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I suppose that can work too. I'm still shocked that a lot of people don't care to have any protection.
12. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I try to make my phone both secure and comfortable, I think security is important as well as usability, so I try to find some sort of balance.
and yeah I think people should be more concerned with their security. even when its not a lockscreen I was expecting those who voted "no" to say how they protect their devices.
13. Fuego84 (Posts: 344; Member since: 13 May 2012)
I remember the times flip phone were the rage everybody had one. I kept running into lost flip phones a lot at night clubs, parks, parking lots and even bus stop benches. Yes, if the phones were not locked, I would open them and browse around but mostly I would always check the contacts looking for a # listed as home or mom or dad just to dial them and let them know I had found they're relatives cell phone and tell them where/when they can come to pick up the phone. I would never ask the person for money but when I would finally give the phone to its owner they would always give me a $20 bill or less for my trouble. But with today's smartphones its better to leave it where you found it cause you don' t want to be tracked down and accused of trying to steal the phone.
14. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I use a lockscreen mainly to brag to my iOS and WP7 users that I can unlock my phone with my face :P
But I also do it so that I don't have people snooping around in my messages. I'm kind of the secretive person that doesn't like having people know stuff I haven't told them
16. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)
No, because I farking hate having to do the unlock screen every damn time, I just want the phone screen to light up and be able to do my thing instantly, don't care about security because I won't be loosing my Galaxy Note. I'm also single
17. pjsmiffy76 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 May 2012)
I was thinking about locks the other day...
In the old days of a simple key lock (a must to stop butt dials) I would encourage people to put ICE in front of emergency contracts to aid emergency services contact next of kin and gain important medical info.
Now with password screen locks this is redundant.
Can anyone suggest a way of allowing emergency contracts info to be accessed without opening up the games, gallery and inbox to any nosy person left with the phone?