Locks, relationships, and our smartphones - how they all intertwine with one another

Locks, relationships, and our smartphones - how they all intertwine with one another
Every day, we report on some of the intense news surrounding the always unpredictable mobile world, as we should no doubt since it’s in our veins to do so. However, with this piece, we’re taking a different spin on the usual geeky news that we’re so fond of reporting. Frankly, we can talk about some cool new innovation that’s about to hit the mainstream on a smartphone, or get all giddy about the next big thing to come out, but instead, we’re hitting it straight to the heart with a piece that’s more personal to some people.

As we look back at the CTIA keynote that we covered last week, we weren’t initially as concerned hearing about Sprint CEO Dan Hesse talking about security and privacy in the mobile landscape, and instead, we kept on gravitating towards the need for more spectrum from Dan Mead of Verizon. However, the more we thought about it, Dan Hesse clearly had a point regarding mobile security. For most people, the first line of defense is nothing more than a simple lock of some sort on their device.

We’re not sure how some of you deal with your smartphones, but seeing that we’re constantly sending important messages, emails, and other content, it’s crucial for us to have some kind of lock on our device – even more when the unfortunate situation of losing our phone happens. However, if you’re starting a relationship with someone, it might throw off an alarm of some kind with your significant other. In our always connected digital world consisting of text messaging, email, and social networking, it’s easy for anyone to question one’s trustfulness.

Losing a phone contributes to the need for a phone lock

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, as they’ve been accustomed to having it – due to either losing a phone in the past or being a victim of identity theft. In that rare event that your device is lost, or worse, stolen by someone, they can seemingly have a field day going through all of your personal stuff. From photos, messages, to contact information, your stolen phone could undoubtedly prove to be a headache in more ways than none – hence why some people opt to put on a lock afterwards.

"It's because of my job"

Secondly, people have passwords/locks because they’re required by their job to have them. To tell you the truth, it’s almost unfathomable in this day and age to find a business oriented user to not have a low level lock in place. Of course, it’s a valid argument to have a lock in this case scenario, as work email is regarded as a highly sensitive and private thing with all companies that employ some kind of enterprise service with its business devices. So yeah, it’s really a no-brainer for people to complain why there are passwords with these things.

Nevertheless, we, as human beings, are curious entities that have this undying urge to find out what’s behind closed doors. Sure, we’ve heard about those stories about some person hiding their secret love affair from their significant other thanks to a lock, but in the end, enough persistence and sleuthing from the other person can always unravel it all. People say it’s a matter of trust, which all relationships require in order to survive. Then again, there are just some people out there that can be bit overbearing or nagging when it comes to asking why one actually needs to have a lock on their smartphone.

Compromise, compromise, compromise

In that scenario where someone is understanding enough to either remove the lock or provide the password, the significant other will naturally be pleased by the receptive gesture – and of course, that’s what relationships are all about, which is to make compromises in life. Just when you think it’s enough to make the other person happy, they might want even more to fully ease their thoughts. Seriously, we’re not sure how some of you deal with that, but when is enough really enough? Think about for a moment, but what happens if your significant other wants more – like the passwords to your email, or how about your Facebook or Twitter accounts?

As we’ve mentioned, we’re able to connect with people through a myriad of portals, but when someone isn’t happy with knowing the lock code to your phone, would you willfully provide them with whatever they want? In the end, it’s all going to come down to trust, that one invisible bond between two individuals that keeps things stable. Looking forward to the future, it’s almost a crazy thought to find someone using a smartphone without a lock – even when mobile payments are expected to make a boom. Using your phone to make a purchase, we’re certain that a password or lock will be in place no matter what. So with that in mind, we ask you, our readers, do you have a lock on your device? And if you have any other reasons why you have one, please don't be afraid to share them with us.

Do you have a lock on your device?

Yes, because of my job.
Yes, but my significant other knows my lock code.
Yes, but for another reason.



1. Jericho unregistered

i have a lock my phone because i don't want anyone to see the porn videos in my gallery.

6. kylehudsons

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

so true...

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

android? HIDE IT PRO(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=​com.smartanuj.hideitpro&hl=es) >.> just saying

15. Feech

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I thought it was just me..So true

2. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 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: May 04, 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: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 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: Mar 16, 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: Oct 24, 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: May 27, 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: Sep 16, 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: May 27, 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: Sep 16, 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: 357; Member since: May 13, 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: Oct 05, 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: May 20, 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: May 21, 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?

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