Do you have a password on your phone?

Do you have a password on your phone and is it delayed?

  • Yes I type it in every time I unlock my phone.

    Votes: 25 44.6%
  • Yes it's on 1 minute delay

    Votes: 11 19.6%
  • Yes it's one 5 minute delay

    Votes: 3 5.4%
  • Yes it's on 15 minute delay

    Votes: 4 7.1%
  • Yes it's on 1 hour delay

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Yes it's on 4 hour delay

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • No password.

    Votes: 11 19.6%

  • Total voters
    56

The Doctor11

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Do you use an password on your iPhone? I do but I do not have a 5s I type in the password every time. Also do you have a delay on your password?
 

cynics

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Jan 8, 2012
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iPhone 4S so yes. Delay is 15 minutes. That's about the time I'd notice it missing.
 

uiop.

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Jul 22, 2008
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TouchID sadly requires input every time you unlock the device. Secure, yes. Irritating, more so. Before, I had it set to 15 minutes.
 

gaanee

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Dec 8, 2011
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With 5s its so seamless that you dont even realize that you are actually entering the password. Touchid is a very handy feature.
 

The Doctor11

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iPhone 5. Nope. Never have. My phone rarely, if ever, leaves my body or right in front of me. Am I a rare case? I've personally never understood the need for one.
Your phone never does leave your body but unfortunately there are people who will take your phone from your hands and run. It's called apple picking. Because I don't want to be walking somewhere in public and have some run past taking my phone I have the password set to every time that way there's little chance of my phone getting messed up in any way. Who knows what someone like that would do change my settings delete stuff. This will give me the time to get on find my iPhone and wipe it clean then have the plolice go after his gps cordites that they won't be able to turn off because it's locked.
 

plainwhitetay

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Dec 28, 2010
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North-east, Indiana
Your phone never does leave your body but unfortunately there are people who will take your phone from your hands and run. It's called apple picking. Because I don't want to be walking somewhere in public and have some run past taking my phone I have the password set to every time that way there's little chance of my phone getting messed up in any way. Who knows what someone like that would do change my settings delete stuff. This will give me the time to get on find my iPhone and wipe it clean then have the plolice go after his gps cordites that they won't be able to turn off because it's locked.

Ah, that's something I've never considered! I live in a boring, small town. Totally understand your reasoning.
 

Shanghaichica

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Apr 8, 2013
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Well I now use touch ID. In the past I never used a password bad then my iPhone 4 got stolen and I felt violated because the thief had access to everything. Since then I've used a password on all my devices. I have one on my iPad and iPod touch. Using touch ID on my iPhone 5S.
 

wordoflife

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Jul 6, 2009
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Never had a password on my iPhone until TouchID with the 5S. I contemplate removing it since I don't really feel that I need one. Though, I would feel violated if I had lost my device. Not to mention, since I went for the 5S over the 5C, I feel sort of obligated to use TouchID lol :D
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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Your phone never does leave your body but unfortunately there are people who will take your phone from your hands and run. It's called apple picking. Because I don't want to be walking somewhere in public and have some run past taking my phone I have the password set to every time that way there's little chance of my phone getting messed up in any way. Who knows what someone like that would do change my settings delete stuff. This will give me the time to get on find my iPhone and wipe it clean then have the plolice go after his gps cordites that they won't be able to turn off because it's locked.
But if they grab it from your hands, typically while you are using it, it would be unlocked at that point, so quite a bit of the protection a password/passcode would typically provide wouldn't really apply in an instance like that.
 

The Doctor11

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But if they grab it from your hands, typically while you are using it, it would be unlocked at that point, so quite a bit of the protection a password/passcode would typically provide wouldn't really apply in an instance like that.
No you would be chasing them long enough for it to lock.
 

muyaad

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Feb 21, 2011
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Yes, I use password on my iPhone with a delay and I even use applocker too for some sensitive apps, though, it will lock nothing when I'm at home because I set it not to lock any while I'm on my home wifi.
 

cynics

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Jan 8, 2012
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iPhone 5. Nope. Never have. My phone rarely, if ever, leaves my body or right in front of me. Am I a rare case? I've personally never understood the need for one.

I wouldn't say rare. I hate using a password but I've been mugged twice so I just deal with it now. Worth the peace of mind.

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But if they grab it from your hands, typically while you are using it, it would be unlocked at that point, so quite a bit of the protection a password/passcode would typically provide wouldn't really apply in an instance like that.

What would they do though? Run down the street trying to ascertain passwords for banking apps and posting on your Facebook?

Typically they will turn it off. Then the password is activated restarting the phone later on to mess with it.
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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I wouldn't say rare. I hate using a password but I've been mugged twice so I just deal with it now. Worth the peace of mind.

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What would they do though? Run down the street trying to ascertain passwords for banking apps and posting on your Facebook?

Typically they will turn it off. Then the password is activated restarting the phone later on to mess with it.
They could keep the screen on long enough to go into settings and change auto-lock to never so that it would stay on and unlocked long enough for them to get somewhere to actually spend some more time with it to pull data off the phone or access some apps or something like that.

Most of the stealing is of course just to sell the phone or parts, but if the phone is already on and those who are stealing are smarter than typical thieves, can certainly browse around the phone to gain more information and perhaps steal some passwords and accounts and other stuff.
 

ABC5S

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Sep 10, 2013
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Touch ID is a password isn't it?
Touch ID is not a password. Touch ID is a finger print sensor to ID the owner. A separate password is used if the Touch ID does not take, and one will than use the passcode to enter. Many have both set up and some only have a passcode.
 

I7guy

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They could keep the screen on long enough to go into settings and change auto-lock to never so that it would stay on and unlocked long enough for them to get somewhere to actually spend some more time with it to pull data off the phone or access some apps or something like that.

Most of the stealing is of course just to sell the phone or parts, but if the phone is already on and those who are stealing are smarter than typical thieves, can certainly browse around the phone to gain more information and perhaps steal some passwords and accounts and other stuff.
My phone is reasonably locked down. I have restrictions enabled. Yes, if the phone was taken from my hand it could be shut down and used for parts.

What I don't want to happen is my email and confidential info to get out. To that end I have restrictions enabled, control panel disabled in lock screen. My email and apple id is vulnerable. I have two phase restriction on my apple id, and other big name email services.

So if my phone is apple picked, I can only hope I can get to icloud before information is compromised. If the phone is locked while swiped, I care much, much less as unless it's LE/NSA who swipes my phone my info is safe.
 

DiCaprioAngel

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Jul 12, 2013
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Most definitely I have a passcode on my iPhone, it's a must and I have it set to always require to type one in when it locks.
 
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