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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 19, 2021, 14:29
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 22:22:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 21:46:
My phone is encrypted with a 6 digit PIN, but on the lock screen is my wife's phone number in case I lose it.
Cool feature. Not surprising it exists, but I've never heard of it before. How common is it? More specifically, what is your phone?

Edit: Apparently common. I decided to check my own ancient Galaxy S5 and it allows me to leave "Owner's Information" on the lock screen. Still not going to lock the phone though, at this point having to type an access code would be annoying after years of not doing it.

Yeah, my current phone is a Samsung Note 9, and the last phone I had was a Moto X. Both had the feature.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 22:22
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Jan 18, 2021, 22:22
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 21:46:
My phone is encrypted with a 6 digit PIN, but on the lock screen is my wife's phone number in case I lose it.
Cool feature. Not surprising it exists, but I've never heard of it before. How common is it? More specifically, what is your phone?

Edit: Apparently common. I decided to check my own ancient Galaxy S5 and it allows me to leave "Owner's Information" on the lock screen. Still not going to lock the phone though, at this point having to type an access code would be annoying after years of not doing it.

This comment was edited on Jan 19, 2021, 10:26.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 21:46
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 19:03:
LOL. I agree with you BoP, but that isn't why I've never used one. I don't even have a lock code on my phone. My spin is I want someone to be able to open my phone because basically the only reason anyone but me will being doing that is I'm unconscious from injury or illness or I've left my phone behind somewhere and I want them to call one of my sisters, who I have labelled in my contacts with "(Sister)". Anyone trying to "get something" from having access to my phone is going to be sorely disappointed.

My phone is encrypted with a 6 digit PIN, but on the lock screen is my wife's phone number in case I lose it.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 20:53
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 20:11:
Although to be fair, my new phone does have a button right under the unlock screen for "Emergency" so maybe it's not such a big deal anymore on newer phones.
I wonder if my phone would give that option if I locked it. Even if it would, I don't think anyone will be calling 911 if I leave my phone behind somewhere. But then, I have yet to do that in coming up on 20 years now, so maybe I shouldn't worry about it...
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 20:35
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Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 18, 2021, 20:35
Jan 18, 2021, 20:35
 
If you try to unlock my phone it offers the emergency button.
I have a laminated card in my wallet with important contact information.
That combined with my ID has everything covered.

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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 20:11
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I just got a new phone the other day, finally, and when setting it up, it offered to start the fingertip scanner for unlocks, with a disclaimer that basically the process is insecure. Nice.

I remember like 15 years ago when fingerprint scanners on laptops were all the rage, and they were such complete garbage that everybody avoided actually using them.

Mr. Tact, I think along the same lines, my phone being usable by somebody else might mean the difference between me surviving an injury or not; seems like much more of a concern even on a daily basis than theft, at least where I live. Although to be fair, my new phone does have a button right under the unlock screen for "Emergency" so maybe it's not such a big deal anymore on newer phones.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 19:03
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Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 18, 2021, 19:03
Jan 18, 2021, 19:03
 
LOL. I agree with you BoP, but that isn't why I've never used one. I don't even have a lock code on my phone. My spin is I want someone to be able to open my phone because basically the only reason anyone but me will being doing that is I'm unconscious from injury or illness or I've left my phone behind somewhere and I want them to call one of my sisters, who I have labelled in my contacts with "(Sister)". Anyone trying to "get something" from having access to my phone is going to be sorely disappointed.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 17:17
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 18, 2021, 13:08:
I can say with absolute certainty I have never used a fingerprint reader "all wrong". Why? Simple. I have never used a fingerprint reader, ever.

Ditto. Your fingerprint is not protected by law. A PIN, however, is because it is considered intellectual property. Encrypt your phone and have a minimum of a six digit PIN. If your mobile OS supports it, setup a phone wipe after N amount of failed unlock attempts.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 13:59
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Jan 18, 2021, 13:59
 
I had this Microsoft Fingerprint Reader back in the day, felt new-age to log into accounts and websites by just scanning a print. Then I caught the news that M$ was storing the print on the computer without encryption, it blamed a subcontractor or whatever business it bought for the reader tech. Anyways, it promptly got installed and discarded :S
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 13:08
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Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 18, 2021, 13:08
Jan 18, 2021, 13:08
 
I can say with absolute certainty I have never used a fingerprint reader "all wrong". Why? Simple. I have never used a fingerprint reader, ever.

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Re: Morning Mobilization
Jan 18, 2021, 13:05
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Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 18, 2021, 13:05
Jan 18, 2021, 13:05
 
Those fingerprint reader tips are good. I’ve been using the “scan the same finger” trick multiple times and I’ve added an extra finger on the other hand along with face unlock, which I’ve also taught multiple times.
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