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Q: How do you secure your mobile phone?

  • 39%
    4-digit PIN unlock code

  • 8%
    I use a password or passphrase

  • 26%
    Finger-swipe or pattern unlock

  • 10%
    I have a keypad lock but don’t use it

  • 17%
    I have no keypad lock on my phone


(Based on 2163 Votes)

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PC Advisor

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Strawballs

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I don't need to my phone cost £12 and will only make calls and text!!

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HondaMan

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Finger swipe. Samsung Galaxy S

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WhiteTruckMan

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Well said, Woolwell!

WTM

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Woolwell

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Aitchbee - What do you mean "used to have"? I use a pocket watch instead of a wrist watch and have a chain (Albert chain). You don't and didn't have to be well-off.

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Aitchbee

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...well-off gentlemen [and up-to-the-minute gadget aficiados of the nineteenth century] used to have a similar extension chain attached to their pocketwatches.

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Woolwell

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Perhaps mybunjee should be added.

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Aitchbee

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...I've noticed that on entering and doing serious 'experiments' involving sitting [with a pint] and 'people-watching' in a very large pub on the southside of Glasgow that universally there are no phones on the tables 'cos mobile phone signals are 'not allowed' in ... phoners have to join the smokers outside if they wish to 'communicate' with the outside world.

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interzone55

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spuds

All our business mobiles have two lines, and it's possible to initiate a conference call from the handset accidentally if you press two entries at once on the screen.

On a similar note, as I often work remotely all calls to my work landline also call a VOIP phone line, so I can answer from my desk phone or from a software phone headset on my laptop.

One day whilst in the office a few seconds into each call I could hear someone saying "hello, hello - it's happening again..."

It turns out that someone at Verizon (who handle our phones) had altered the number on my line so instead of dialing my VOIP phone it was calling some poor lady in Motherwell...

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spuds

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I know this is off subject, but alan14 as raised a good point. The other day I was involved with a local central heating engineer, and on completing our discussion, I had a return call which I could hear him 'faintly in the distance' having a conversation with someone else. On his visit I mentioned this to him, and instantly he knew what the problem was. The 'sensitive' phone had also redialled the previous (my) number as well.

I would not have thought this possible, but apparently it is?.

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interzone55

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With a touch screen phone it's only sensible to have some kind of lock to prevent mis-dialling whilst in your pocket.

My main security measure is to keep it in my trouser pocket rather than on the table when in the pub...

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spuds

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"There must be a limit to how retro can be..."

To me, a nice shade of blue does the trick :O)

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Quickbeam

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"Wife's phone even older (Nokia 6110) has suddenly become more valuable appears to now be "retro" as far as the kids are concerned. ???"

There must be a limit to how cool retro can be...

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diesel

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At the moment it has about £3.50 credit on it. It cost about £20 when new. So it really is not one of major priorities.

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Flak999

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I also use the four digit pin security code on my iphone, I also have the "find my iphone" app installed so that if it is lost or stolen I can track it, lock it or wipe it's contents.

I think this type of security is necessary particularly for smart phones which can have online banking and credit card apps installed.

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johndrew

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On the subject of 'retro' (or antique??) 'phones, do the old Phillips Savvy models have any followers? I have three, not used for years, and a charger - maybe two. I even have the original box fore one of them!!

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spuds

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Considering that I am still using my favourite mobile called a Motorola Savvy/Talkabout/T180, which was purchased in January 2001 from Link with a Cellnet connection, then security is the least of my worries :O)

And to top it all, I can still obtain replacement batteries rather easy for this model, not like some more recent mobile telephone purchases that I have made.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Old flip top Sony Ericson on PAYG so no one wants to nick it :0)

Wife's phone even older (Nokia 6110) has suddenly become more valuable appears to now be "retro" as far as the kids are concerned. ???

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johndrew

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Most of the time it is witched off and in a drawer at home. When going on a long journey it is in the car and switched off. At other times - in use - it is either in the house or in the car with the latter stationary and the engine off.

Added to that it is a Pay as you go 'phone with little on it!!

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Matt Egan

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I use the 4-digit pin code on my iPhone, but principally because it is a work phone and anyone who wished to could access lots of info via the email (and delete forum threads...)

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Quickbeam

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Bing.alau

The cigar lighter is now known as the auxiliary power socket. But it can also still be used for lighting one's Havana with the lighter element which is now an optional extra as are ashtrays...:)

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Bing.alau

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I'm the same as Graphicool1. Except that I carry mine only in my car and fully charged through the "cigar lighter" I wonder if there really is anybody these days who lights their cigars from such a device.

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Woolwell

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Quickbeam - with my phone you don't have to use the security features to access an incoming call so you don't miss it unless you are slow getting your phone out of your pocket as I am from time to time.

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Quickbeam

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I'm surprised that only 12% are admitting that it's too much bother to bother with bothersome procedures that usually result in a missed call.

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Forum Editor

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I'm afraid to admit that I have never locked a phone, or used any other security measures.

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Graphicool1

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I have a PAYG mobile and carry it in case of an emergency. Outside of that, I don't switch it on. If anyone wants to contact me, then they can use the landline or email me.

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wiz-king

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At £25 a pop and a £15 PAYG sim its not worth the hassle. I also use the 'leave it on my desk' mode as we are not allowed mobile phones in my laboratory.

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Woolwell

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I thought that this would be asking about things like Prey and Findmyphone.

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Quickbeam

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I keep it in my trouser pocket.

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Chronos the 2nd

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I had a phone with that finger swipe routine but that only worked when it felt like it. Or if you had dad a bacon roll or something greasy then my finger might not describe the unlock shape very precisely.

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