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to lock or not to lock?

so this year i decided to pw lock my iphone for a couple of reasons. 1. if it gets stolen or lost, no one can use it to it's full advantage! (altho i am not sure if they can erase everything without the pw?) and 2. even tho i got nothing to hide, i like to know when ppl are using my phone.

but recently i had a convo with mandy and she said that there's a downside to this. her friend lost his phone the other day but was found by a good samaritan that called "home." i actually did that before (found a phone and called to see if anyone can pick it up). so if you're lucky, it can travel back to you. and also, if, god forbid, anything were to happen to me, EMT can call my family members while i'm unconscious. how would they know who to call? simple, under my mom's name i put "I.C.E." which stands for in case of an emergency. i did this before i pw locked my phone. now she's still I.C.E. but it doesnt matter LOL

so what's your take on it? to lock or not to lock?



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Nov. 25th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
i think i'm more concern of if it gets lost. and like everyone likes to touch the iphone and sees what apps or games you got. i dont mind if ppl play with it but with a pw lock it guarantees you that they will ASK you if they can see it. haha
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Nov. 25th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
haha true. but at the same time, you can look at it the other way. i've lost my phone before but i have yet to be in a horrible accident where i couldnt call home

oh my. now i am either gonna A) lose my phone or B) get into a horrible accident >_
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Nov. 25th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
haha you totally got me. i unlocked it :P
Nov. 29th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
I lock it and put it on 4 hours (4 hours without use, its relocked). If someone found it, likely they can use it to call me "home". But after sleeping for the night, the next day the phone would be locked. Also, even when a phone is locked, they can still TAKE calls - so I can call my phone. I also set it to delete all my data if they fail to unlock the phone 10 times (put in the wrong code 10 times). Finally, iPhone has a feature called "find my phone" which you can use to find the approximate area your phone is, and "remote wipe" which you can use to delete all the data on your phone from any computer. I mean, you have your friends full names, maybe emails, and maybe photos on your phone they even if you don't care, maybe they do!? So its about responsibility as well. I think its right thing to do to make a reasonable effort to protect your friends information especially in this day and age of identity theft. If the person who finds your phone is a bad person, they might use it to call long distance - just to be mean. My dad lost his phone once and they did that! A$$holes right? Was like $65 in calls or something. Conclusion - lock it!
Dec. 1st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
very good point. it totally didnt cross my mind about my friends' information! i have locked it. i also did the thing where if they tried the pw for more than 10 times, my information gets deleted. those info gets backed up anyway right? so if some idiot friend of mine (or my brother haha) tried to log in more than 10 times, then i can just restore?!

we need to talk more about "find my phone" and "remote wipe". i heard about those feature but i also heard you have to pay at&t some yearly fee?
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, you should be able to restore it even if it gets wiped from your iTunes. Next time you're in an apple store, ask an employee to be sure, but I'd be surprised if it didn't, especially because you don't jailbreak!
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