If you have a smartphone, and it’s not protected by a password, you’re taking a huge risk. Most likely, you carry your smartphone with you everywhere. What happens if you lose it, or worse – it’s stolen? Your first thought might be that your private text messages will be exposed, or that a stranger might post something embarrassing on Facebook. However, it can get much more serious than that.
Most people access their email on their phones, and when a malicious person gains access to your email, they essentially have access to your entire life. Say this person goes through your emails, and notices that you have some emails from Bank X. All they have to do is go to Bank X’s website, click “I forgot my password” and enter your email address. Ding – an email arrives on your phone with your bank password. Obviously, that’s bad.
It’s not just your bank account that could be compromised in this way. Paypal, Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, Amazon, your blog, your work email, you name it – they could all be at the thief’s fingertips. Not only that, but they can impersonate you to your friends, family, or colleagues by texting or calling from your number. This is complete identity theft, with all it’s associated nightmares. Your credit could be ruined, your reputation damaged, and even your job could be at risk. If someone wanted to completely destroy your life, the best thing they could do would be to steal your smartphone. Are you starting to see why you need a password on your phone?
So maybe you’re convinced that you need a password now. The only problem is that typing in a password every time you turn on your phone is going to be annoying! Well, if you’re an Android user, there’s an app that can make having a password on your phone much less painful. It’s called Unlock With WiFi, and it turns your password off when you’re connected to your home WiFi network. This means whenever you’re at home (or work, etc), you don’t have to enter your password when you turn on your phone. When you leave home, it turns your password on again.
It also has a lock delay feature, so that when you’re not at home, and your phone has only been off a short time (configurable by you), you won’t have to enter your password. For instance, if you set the lock delay to five minutes, then you won’t have to enter your password unless the phone has been off for more than five minutes. This is really convenient when you’re having an SMS conversation, for instance.
Unlock With WiFi takes the pain out of having a password on your phone. Try it!