Just be using some basic settings at your smartphone no matter its Android or iOS you will be more secured. It is just the simplest way that keeps your privacy.
Usually, in our phone we have our private contacts, sms, photos and more information that we surely would not like to get shared by anyone else rather than our self. So what we are going to do is very simple, we are looking our phone in 4 simple ways that will prevent anyone to access at anytime.
|Android iOS screen lock security tips|
Security Tips 1 : PIN Or Pattern
You obviously have a PIN code lock or number lock or password and most of usually use patterns to protect our device. Well, yes we use such ways to protect our phone. But, are you sure that you are actually secured ? not at all. Your PIN or pattern probably is not the secure as you think of it. Firstly, if you are using a Android OS smartphone than choose a more unpredictable pattern or create a longer PIN up to 16 digits and your chances of staying protected are much better. But, keep that in mind pattern are more easy to guess if someone is in-front of you and you are unlocking your device. They can simply guess it more easily. So, i would preffer a PIN or Password lock with more complex code.
So, you might have seen that your PIN code lock is limited only for four-digit which is the normal standard version. But, there is a simple way that you can change it easily.
Step by Step guide how to change 4 digit general PIN code lock to 16 digits.
Security Tips 2: Shorter Timeout
It doesn't matter which device you are using, there must be a timeout period set on your device before the lock screen is activated, normally it set to 1 to 2 minute of time. But, the more shorter the timeout will be the more secure your phone or tablet. It is difficult to maintain such hurry up situation because you might have to unlock the phone many times even when you are using it.
On Android the relevant settings is under Display in Settings, via the Security menu you can simply select how quickly do you want to activate the lock screen and set the timeout period and required a PIN after a reboot. On iOS you go to the Settings app and open up the Auto-Lock menu on the General page.
Security Tips 3: Disable Siri on the Lock Screen
If your device is an iPhone or an iPad you must have seen that you can actually start your Siri just from the lock screen, pulling up the weather reports, making calls, displaying your calendar and more. It is such a leak that people can actually access to your smartphone some features without even unlocking your phone.
I know you might not be so concern about if someone else gets access to Siri as they will only able to access limited functionality but still if you consider to be more secured and do not like to compromise about it. You can simply turn the Siri off from your lock screen from the Touch ID & Passcode entry in the Settings app, you will see there are a list of features that iOS allows access to when the device is unlocked, toggle the Siri and switch to off as well as don't forget to apply any other blocks you want to make like the notification view.
Security Tips 4: Sensitive Notification
Android device don't have a app like Siri but there is actually notification previews on the lock screen. The idea is you can quickly take a glance at what is happening and who is trying to reach you without having to unlock your phone. However you might not consider to take a chance that people will have access to such information.
If you would like to turn this off, simply go to your Sound & Notification heading in Settings, and tap When Device Is Locked and then again tap Hide sensitive notification content to turn off most of the previews. If you want to make it more secured and would like to control all the content that you don't have access from here, you need to go to App notifications entry directly underneath.
These are the current security tips that can prevent your device to be accessible by third-party unwanted guest.