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The One Reason Why You Should Require A Passcode On Your iPhone

October 17, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

Now that there are so many steps to unlock your phone with the new iOS 10 update (you have to swipe AND hit the home button), you might be tempted to remove the passcode from your iPhone as a way to speed up the process of getting in. But stop right there–this is a terrible idea, and what will save you a few seconds in opening your home screen and apps, will cost you *so much more* should you, God forbid, lose your phone. Here’s why:

READ MORE: The 10 Best New Features Of IOS 10

Smart phone theft is on the rise, and while having a passcode won’t protect you from having your actual phone swiped–it will protect the personal data that’s stored on your phone, which is actually way more valuable than the hardware itself. Things like mobile banking data and even your basic personal information can be used by criminals to commit all kinds of cyber fraud and theft.

READ MORE: 6 Free Versions Of Popular IPhone Apps

And for women in particular, things like personal photos can be taken and uploaded to the web in an instant–but are nearly impossible to get back down. So if you leave your phone at the bar, you never know what creeps might find it, access your Messages or Photos and take it upon themselves to post any semi nude or otherwise embarrassing photos you might have to the web. Yikes!

READ MORE: 4 Genius Ways To Organize Your IPhone Apps

Even if you feel like you have *nothing to hide* the truth is that if your phone gets in to the wrong hands, the bad things that they can do with your personal information are endless. Never underestimate how clever a criminal can be! Keep your passcode on your phone and safe yourself the nightmare.

 

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Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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