This is Why You Should Use a Screen Locker

Photos, videos, WhatsApp messages, e-mails, passwords… all that is what a person can see when they take your phone and find the screen unblocked. Do you really want to take that risk?

This is Why You Should Use a Screen Locker

More than 2,000 phones get stolen in UK every day. “They have read my WhatsApp, they’re looking at my photos, my conversations, everything”, complains a user from a well-known Internet forum. There are thousands of cases like this, where it is not only the mobile phone that gets stolen but also personal data.

Losing your phone or your tablet is not only an economic loss: 96% of lost devices have their data examined by whoever finds them. These data extend to all our usual activities with apps, and include:

  • Photos and selfies
  • SMS messages and call logs
  • Contacts from your contact list
  • WhatsApp messages
  • Personal videos
  • Credit card numbers
  • Passwords in e-mails
  • Documents and calendar

Take a moment to think about the consequences of a malicious person accessing, for example, the dates on your calendar, your selfies or the private messages you exchange with your family. Suddenly, your private life would be served on a golden platter.

Avoiding disaster is easy

To avoid data looting, all you have to do is block your screen. But, in spite of the risks, over one third of people who use a mobile phone choose not to block the screen, sometimes because they are lazy and others because they are too trusting (they think their data don’t interest anyone…. and that’s false!)

If you invest five minutes to configure the screen block on your Android device you will avoid economic losses, blackmail and other concerns in case of loss or theft. Follow these simple steps and don’t give it any more thought. Your data deserves to be protected.

1. Install a screen blocker in your Android

Android includes blocking measures in Settings > Security, but they have very few configuration options. Our screen block app, Screen Lock Guardian, includes functions as useful as making a photo capture of the intruder and registering the last time of access.

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The most common block and unblock systems include passwords, PIN codes with four or more numbers, patterns or drawings and fingerprint recognition. While fingerprint recognition is the safest and most convenient system, very few devices have it.

2. Choose an original PIN code or a pattern that is not too obvious

A PIN is easy to remember and quite safe. Make sure you use a number that is not just a repetition (8888 or 0000), a series (1234) or a PIN that you already use on bank cards or other services, since its discovery could compromise all your security.

If you choose a pattern, make sure no one sees you draw it when you’re in public or in an environment where someone might want to and be able to spy on you (yes, that includes family members). It’s a good idea to clean the screen periodically to eliminate the telltale marks left by fingers.

3. Customize the screen lock

If you choose an installable screen lock you will be able to customize its aspects with original backgrounds, or choose whether you want to show notifications or add a direct access to your most used apps, which will save you time when you launch them with a locked phone.

Screen Locker customization

Screen Lock Guardian has personalized backgrounds and a launcher for 5 favorite apps, and it shows you weather data. You can also customize the delay in case someone introduces the wrong PIN or pattern; this is something that will exasperate more than one thief…

Don’t share your code or pattern with anyone!

Sharing your PIN code or pattern with other people is a way of giving them free range to your device when the occasion arises. If you think there’s no risk then go ahead, but we advise that whenever another person needs to use your phone they should ask you for permission and let you unlock the device.