Do you put password on your cellphone

@RamRes (1723)
Argentina
May 25, 2011 9:10pm CST
It may come to a surprise to you, but almost all cellphones allow to put a password to protect it, so that every time the keyboard is blocked you need to put the key to re-enable it again. I found this feature very useful, mainly for a security perspective, if it gets stolen, the thief cannot see inside it and the contact's info and message history, at least not without some extra effort. And also has the benefit of the privacy, if someone wants to sneak into my messages when I leave it in the office and not at the desktop. What about you? Do you use the password? Find it useful?
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@ravisivan (14046)
• India
26 May 11
I was not aware of this strategy till I read your report. But luckily in my cell phones no secret messages are there. This depends on one's age and occupation. Losing cell phones is common in India - my wife lost her phone from bag within two minutes - we got down from taxi and before we got into the train in Delhi. have a good day
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
28 May 11
Lucky for you for not having something important there. No matter, as I'm becoming more concerned/paranoid on security, I set up a password for everything to get privacy and safety, just in case. And more if you say losing phones is frequent!
@ravisivan (14046)
• India
30 May 11
yes. some people maintain bank account number, then password, email ids, passwords. that is wrong,. that should not be done. have a good day
• Bulgaria
26 May 11
Of course i am!!!I don't like when somebody else look in my messages..this is so so so wrong!Everyone have a private space,but many people don't understand that,it's awful...honestly!I lock my phone...even my boyfriend can't read my sms :)
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
29 May 11
I hate that too, I don't want anyone to be reading my private messages, even when I don't have anything really that private. I don't understand why that many people keep in spying other's privacy. It's funny at least to see them collide with your password.
@mixyly (20)
• Philippines
26 May 11
I don't use any password for my cellphone because for me it could only delay you every time you're in a hurry to answer a text message and a call. If in case you lost your cellphone,you can report it to the Cellphone or Network center to block the user so that the one who is holding it cant use it anymore. On the other hand, just in case you forgot your password what will you do?.It only shows that you're just being trap in your own protection.
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• Romania
26 May 11
i have a 5230 nokia and i installed on it an application that allows to have a password on every part of my gadget.. from the agenda, to the settings tab, or the gallery(photos and little films).I can even set a password when I dial.. and if i don't write it corectly, the call doesn't go on.. I feel more secure. If i somehow loose my phone no one can see or steal something from my phone.
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@liv_fc (107)
• Bulgaria
26 May 11
I don't do this. I use a PIN CODE check for my SIM CARD, but don't put any password to my device :)
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• Philippines
26 May 11
Hi Ramres! Yes, I really find this very useful. It is not only that the thief will not be able to scan your phone's information. But as for my case, my mom would not be able to read my messages and scan into my phone. Because there have been instances that when I am already sleeping, she slowly gets my cellphone from me and she will be reading all my messages and looking at my photos. Then to my surprise when I wake up the following day, she scolds me because of the things that she read in my phone. I deserve to have some privacy.
@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
29 May 11
Really? Whoa, and it's your mum, what about a stranger then? Another reason to be "paranoid" about security and privacy. Never happened to me, at least never catched anyone spying on me, but it might happen. Nice to have passwords, then we can laugh when the spies crash against them.
@aimcroft (22)
• Philippines
26 May 11
I only put password if I'll not be using my phone for the long time. But because I often used it, I rarely lock it with password. It bothers to much because if you will enter the passkey every time you use it, it will consume a lot of your precious time. Only if it was stolen or someone nose over it, it might be troublesome.
@bigearner (131)
• India
26 May 11
Yes, i do use password on my cellphone because i don't want others just see my personal stuff on cellphone and also if i lost my phone,it can't be access by other easily and in meantime i register for complaint and block my sim.so having password is good.
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
28 May 11
Yes I agree, it's not 100% sure though, but enough for most cases. I just use it since I knew it exists.
• Pasig, Philippines
26 May 11
yes, I put password in my cellphone. So nobody can access it or even my friends are using it to take a shot, playing games or transferring music to their phones they can't access my phonebook, messages, emails and other stuff. :)
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
27 May 11
Nice measure. I do it just for the sake of prevention. I tend to be more paranoid than having any real privacy risk.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
4 Jun 11
Hi. RamRes. I have never used this feature on a cell phone before, I really need to find out how to use this feature too. It is really great to have, because there are so many cell phone thieves out there that will not only steal your cell phone, but they will read your contact and inbox messages. I have to set my password on my cell phone before someone attempts to get a hold of my information.
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
8 Jun 11
I'm worried also because with the contact list they can make calls in my name to lure friends and family into some trap too, it's dangerous if they realize the trick. Look at the manual and explore the menus, it's usually not that hidden and may be reachable by surfing the settings with some patience. I have used it for some time and while it's annoying sometimes, it's a great protection.
• Philippines
26 May 11
I don't put password on my cellphone, I don't have to Because I don't have any secrets and besides I don't have a boyfriend... I trust my family, I know they won't sneak out. You have a point about security towards strangers like thieves. I find it useful too because some people who likes to sneak out so that they have a topic to gossip to their friends. We can't trust our friends even to our close one.
@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
1 Jun 11
I tend to be somewhat paranoid on the topic, to the point of having it even when only with family, even knowing that they don't have any interest in spying my messages. I just like to be sure my private life remains private, no matter what or who tries to sneak. And most important, if it gets stolen.
• United States
26 May 11
Yes I use password for privacy and just so the keypad wont activate by itself. i love it and the only person that knows my password is my boyfriend.
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
1 Jun 11
Nice to have such feature, it's never bad to have a little more privacy. I would be more restrictive though, so not even your boyfriend knew it, mine is known by me and only me.
• United States
26 May 11
Yes i do put password on my phone. Its for privacy, too keep private stuff that I store in my phone from thieves and nosy brothers. haha! I just hate it whenever I leave my phone like in a table then my brothers get a hold of it. They just go straight to my messages and I hate that! So I put passcodes in. Also if ever my phone would be stolen or lost, people wouldnt be able to open my phone easily so my stuff wont be open for them all to see. I have an iphone so if the pass codes inputted are wrong then it would be disabled. Passwords are awesome! Just don't forget them, or its a bummer for ya! :D
@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
29 May 11
And it's funny to see brothers and others who want to spy on us to try and crash against our password. Just in case it is stolen, it's good at least to rest assured that the data inside is reasonably safer.
@rosekiss (30327)
• Eugene, Oregon
26 May 11
I don't have a password on my phone, as I am the only one who uses it, and the onely one who lives in my house. I just feel. that it a little inconvenient for me to have a password on my phone. I hope I never lose it either, as it can be tapped into it and steal my identity. I know that having a password would be safer, true, but then I would have to always put my password in to use my phone. Take care, and have a very good day.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
26 May 11
Having the option to have security on cellphone is definitely good. However, I don't have such practice as I sometimes can just forgets about my password! One thing for such is, I don't like to rely on details about myself as password. And thus, I might set a very complicated password which I myself can't even recall. Which will result in a lost-lost and thus, I rather not set password. Moreover, I tend to refrain myself and everyone around me to send me text which involves their details/accounts/passwords because we all know how advance technology is and it's the best way to protect such details by other means then texting. Thus, my phone contains the very usual stuffs and so, I think I am good without using the password.
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
28 May 11
Forgetting it is true a risk if you are forgetful, and maybe if that's the case it's not worth the hassle, and you may be better off without any password and afford the risk of something undesirable falling in the wrong hands. Have you tried making not so complicated passwords? Even though they may be less secure, remembering them is more important.
@kanchan10 (3697)
• Kolkata, India
26 May 11
it seems that you are very concerned about your privacy so i am but thing is that putting me cell phones password protected is something i will avoid.as you said then i would require to provide the password whenever i need to do something with the phone.i think it is not viable. rather i keep it with myself and don't let anybody to go through my phone
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@youless (98212)
• Guangzhou, China
26 May 11
I have never set password on my cellphone because it is very inconvenient for me to use. Especially I don't have any privacy which have to hide. I love China
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
28 May 11
Yes it's somewhat annoying when asking for the password all the times, but I do have at least the messages that I want to keep private, so I put it anyway.
@manubla (472)
• Philippines
26 May 11
Hmm...you made me think . I am aware of the feature but is not really using it now because I don't find the reason to. It's only me who uses my cellphone and even if it's read by others, there's nothing there that's related to security. But I agree with you on it being a security feature especially if it gets stolen. Ok, I'm off to check the password settings of my phone .
@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
28 May 11
Even if it don't carry "comprising" and sensitive info, it's always good to keep spies out of it. At least to have some fun when they stuck against the password. My personal foremost concern is just against a thief though.
• Slovenia
26 May 11
I use only PIN code for my cellphone. That is 4 digit code that you must type when you turn on your phone. Other password I don`t use. I think if your phone is stolen and if it comes in hand of some expert, than they could use your phone no matter what kind of protection do you use. With modern technology there is nothing secure.
@SilverKing (1021)
• Canada
26 May 11
Well i do not have a phone from recently so my phone is not equipped with password protection features.I hopefully will get a newer cell phone this summer so i will be able to have a more secure phone in case i were to misplace or loose my phone without thief's getting at personal infromation from me.Phones today are getting even less private though as i recently heard that blue tooth enabled phones that take images and then transmit the images on face book or other social media sites leave a fingerprint of where the picture was taken.This is very scary stuff as people could use it to track your daily routine.
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@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
27 May 11
Is it too old? If at least it uses the sim card (GSM standard) it at least has the most basic PIN number protection available. Mine is no less than 3 years old, but still has 2 security codes for choosing. I agree, they are even less and less private, and at the same time, they tend to hold even more private info inside them, far beyond the simple contact list.