This makes sense, and I’ve followed this practice for many years, for work and personal machines, including desktops. My wife switched to locking her desktop after our cats created a few random events in her calendar.
I guess it was a bit jarring to see an appointment at 4 PM for “rtggggggggggggggggggggggggggjhkljm”. Anyway, why wouldn’t you use a password to lock your computer? It’s got scads of personal data on it, maybe even a good old password.txt file.
This is easy stuff.
But how many people follow lock their smart phones?
I asked this same question on Twitter, and a surprising minority actually password-lock their devices. Keep in mind, an iPhone could has 1) your contacts, 2) several of your email accounts, 3) mobile banking information, 4) pictures of you and yours, 5) scads of personal information.
Just like your desktop or laptop, making it an easy target for identity theft, impersonation, all kinds of bad.
Unlike your computer though, your smart phone is small and not that hard to misplace. Believe me.
Some of the feedback I got from Twitter was around the inconvenience of a locking feature. The iPhone’s Slide to unlock is supremely easy, and even with the PIN enabled, it’s not that much less convenient.
So, there’s good design going into security for smart phones. Remember the Android unlocking feature, which is clever, but still crackable by low tech means? The designers of these locking features have done a good job making them easy.
So, do you password-lock your smart phone? If not, why not?
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