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31st July 2018

Our mobile phones are hives of valuable and sensitive information. Data such as text messages, emails, browsing history, photos and videos is all highly sensitive and very personal. Having no password on your phone is akin to going out and leaving your front door open. This could be a password, pin, security pattern, touch ID or even Face ID. They all provide an effective layer of security in case your phone ends up in the wrong hands. We take a look at your options on Android, Apple and Windows phones and make sure you know how to set them up.

Android

On your Android phone, open Settings > Lock screen and Security > Screen Lock Type. Most Android mobiles will let you decide between a Pin, a written password or a pattern. Make sure your passcode is long and not too obviousSome Android devices also allow you to set up a fingerprint authentication. To do this open Settings > Lock screen and Security > Fingerprints. This conveniently allows you to unlock your phone at a touch. Note: Headings may be different for different Android phones.

Apple

For Apple, open Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode. If you have an iPhone X, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Next, hit Turn Passcode On, Enter a six-digit passcode or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code. You can also set up Touch ID by tapping Add a Fingerprint or Face ID by hitting Set Up Face ID and following the instructions.

Windows

From the Home Screen, hit Settings > Lock Screen > Password. To set a password, slide the “Password” bar to On. Enter your new password in the “New password” field, and then reenter it in the “Confirm password” field. Tap done.

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