Smartphone Security: How to Protect Your Lock Screen?
To protect your lock screen is one of the first and most basic steps to ensure smartphone security. The lock screen of your phone can expose your personal credentials than you consider. Usually, it blocks access to social media sites, email accounts, and banking apps, but Apple and Google have made it; hence you can easily access some of the essential features of your phone without a password.
It is quite easy to adjust the lock screen setting of Android and iOS to make a great barrier between your phone and the outside world; however, balance is essential. It is easy to have some shortcuts on the lock screen, and it is a great place to leave hints about your identity if you ever lose the phone.
iOS Lock Screen Settings
iPhone allows you to initiate its Smart Assistant quickly from the lock screen with “Siri.” It’s great if you need to look at anything on Wikipedia or check the weather without unlocking the phone. Still, it would not answer personal queries about emails, messages, and other stuff until you passed through security.
Ask “Siri” a question, “What is my name?” and the locked screen will show the name of the owner. Probably, the iPhone leaves the option open, so if anyone picks up the phone, they can quickly get it back to you. If you like to secure this data and stop Siri from answering until you unlock the phone, go to Siri and Search menu in Setting and turn it off by “Allow Siri When Locked.”
Go to the Health app; click on user avatar. After that, click on Medical ID, and tap Edit. Here, you can choose anyone in your contact list as an emergency number and add some details about you. To make it accessible on the lock screen to other individuals in an emergency, enable the option of ‘Show When Locked.’
Android Lock Screen Settings
There are similar options on Google-powered mobile phones; however, with different Android versions, it is not quite easy to offer proper instructions. Let us talk about some of the tips applied to the latest version of Android 10, and if you do not find anything similar, you can adapt them to your phone without any issue.
By default, the lock screen of Android does not allow you to access any details. While launching the Google Assistant, it cannot offer any answers until your phone is unlocked with a face scan, fingerprint, a PIN code, or any other set up method. Even you can get past the lock screen with your voice. Go to ‘Settings,’ and then ‘Apps and Notifications. Click on Assistant, speak “Hey Google,” and it will help you set up the voice match.
One way you can changes the privacy of the lock screen is by reducing how much detail notification show before unlocking the phone. Click on ‘Apps and Notifications’ after going to ‘Settings.’ Tap ‘Notifications, and use ‘Sensitive notifications’ to see which information you want to show up on the lock screen. After that, check the settings of ‘Notifications on Lock Screen’ to see you want to display the notifications or not.
These first and very basic tips on smartphone security should help you to protect your lock screen and your smartphone as a first step. Don’t miss our other valuable tips here on TechSpade.com!