My phone is really my lifeline to my friends, and to the online world I spend so much time in. If someone ended up with my phone, they could gain access to all kinds of personal information, and they could probably do a lot of damage with my online accounts. Since my passwords to Facebook, Twitter and my email are saved in my phone, there is no telling what someone might do if they had my phone for a long enough period of time without my knowledge.
Up until now, I never even thought about locking my phone down. It just wasn't worth the hassle to have to put in a pin or password every time I wanted to use it. But since the whole wallet loss issue, I have decided to protect my personal information, just in case. Having to spend a couple of seconds unlocking my phone is definitely worth the security of my information.
My awesome Droid Incredible by Verizon Wireless offers a variety of options for locking my phone. Not only can I use a pin or a password to secure my phone, I also have more high tech options like face unlock or a pattern. The Face Unlock feature seemed the most secure to me. I mean, unless you're my twin, you won't be unlocking my phone. So I decided to set this up and try it out. It was easy to set up. I just went into my security settings and turned on the Face Unlock. Then I let my phone capture my face...
My only issue with this feature is that sometimes I have my husband look at something on my phone. While I would obviously give him a pin number or password, I can't really give him my face. Luckily, when you set up the Face Unlock, you also have to set up a backup unlock, just in case the phone doesn't recognize your face. I used a pin number as my backup.
The Face Unlock works great! It only takes a second to recognize my face, and I don't even have to have the phone directly in front of me. I had my husband try it just to make sure it worked, and sure enough, it didn't recognize his face, so it prompted him to use the pin to unlock it.
Oh, and anyone can answer my phone too. When the phone rings, you don't have to use the unlock feature. However, when you hang up, the phone is locked again and you can't get to anything else until you unlock it.
What about emergencies? What if I wasn't able to use my phone? If something ever happened to me and I couldn't use my phone myself, anyone can still turn it on and make an emergency call without having to unlock it.
I absolutely love this feature of my Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and I feel better knowing that someone can not get into my phone without me giving them my backup pin number. My information is secure, and I no longer have to worry about someone wreaking havoc on my social media accounts, or gaining access to my personal information.
Do you lock your phone? If not, you might want to think about doing so. You just never know...
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.