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:
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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.
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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!
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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.