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If you have set a lock code on your phone you've taken a good first step to securing your phone should it be lost or stolen. Many phones, including the iPhone, will allow for a certain number of unlock attempts before the phone is erased. An important component to lock code security is the code you choose. Did you know that some research has shown that the top 10 most common lock codes represent 15% of all lock codes? What this means is that given a chance, a thief could try the top 10 most common codes and have more than a one in ten chance of unlocking your phone.
What are the most common lock codes? These:
Couple of notes. If you use 1234, you probably shouldn't even bother. It's the first code people would try. Your year of birth is another bad choice, especially if the person trying to unlock the phone knows it. Any pattern, like 2580 or 0852, is also not good. Instead, set a code that you can remember but has no meaning to anyone else (and definitely don't use one that's on this list)!
If you have your personal phone or tablet setup to connect to Roosevelt email, and that device is subsequently lost or stolen, you can take advantage of a feature of our email system to protect your data from prying eyes. To see what I mean, login to Webmail, http://webmail.roosevelt.edu, click Options, and then click Mobile Devices. Your device should appear in the list. If your device is lost or stolen, you can select it from the list and click Wipe All Data from Device. This will, unsurprisingly, erase EVERYTHING from your phone or tablet. So, you'll only want to do if you're really sure the device has been lost or stolen--there is NO undoing of the wipe. And please, always use a security code on your phone or tablet. Combined with the above, you can keep your important data to yourself and inaccessible to others.