Security Settings

Now, you could leave your phone as you got it—with no additional security measures. This is the most convenient way to use your phone. However, this means anyone who finds or steals your phone will also have access to your e-mail, your calendar, your call log, and any data you've stored on your phone or connected to your phone through addition apps. It may also be against your workplace security policy.

At a minimum, you should enable a screen lock pattern. As shown in Figure 2-6, Android 2.1 uses a gesture unlocking sequence to enable the screen lock pattern.

1. Go to the Home screen and press the Menu button. Go to Settings > Location & Security > "Set unlock pattern."

2. You'll be shown a series of nine dots. You must connect at least four of them in a continuous motion. Use a gesture you'll remember.

3. Once you've set your pattern, the screen will lock by default, but you'll still be able to use the phone for emergency calls while it's locked.


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^ Emergency call

Figure 2-6. Security

^ Emergency call

Figure 2-6. Security

Android 2.2 also allows you to use a PIN or password in place of a pattern lock.

Another method of security many workplaces insist upon is the remote wipe. Android 2.2 supports remote wiping. You can also purchase third-party software that will do this for you if your phone runs an earlier version of Android. If someone steals your phone, the remote wipe will erase the Exchange data.

NOTE: SMobile Anti-Theft is a $19.95 download that offers remote wipe, antivirus, and GPS location services. It works with most Android phones, but double-check your device compatibility with SMobile before purchasing.

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