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Exploring Passcode Lock

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Exploring Passcode Lock

If you keep personal information on your iPhone or iPod touch or if you just want to make sure that no one will be able to use your device just by picking it up or if it's been lost or stolen, it's a good idea to use the Passcode feature found in Settings>General>Passcode Lock. All right. So let's look at the Settings here, starting with Turn Passcode On. When I tap that button, I am prompted to enter a four-digit Passcode. This is a four-digit code of your choosing. Tap one in, and then enter it again to confirm that you typed it correctly.

Exploring Passcode Lock

If you keep personal information on your iPhone or iPod touch or if you just want to make sure that no one will be able to use your device just by picking it up or if it's been lost or stolen, it's a good idea to use the Passcode feature found in Settings>General>Passcode Lock. All right. So let's look at the Settings here, starting with Turn Passcode On. When I tap that button, I am prompted to enter a four-digit Passcode. This is a four-digit code of your choosing. Tap one in, and then enter it again to confirm that you typed it correctly.

Now at this point, it's important to stress that you have turned the Passcode option on, meaning that if you locked your screen now, and then you go to wake up the phone again, you're going to be prompted to enter the Passcode before you can access your phone. So it's very, very, very important that you don't forget what this code is. If you forget your Passcode, the only way to access your phone or iPod touch again is to restore it in iTunes, which involves completely wiping the device and restoring it back to Factory Settings.

Now if you regularly sync your iPhone or iPod touch, you have a backup copy of mostly everything on your device, but having to restore your entire device is still pretty inconvenient and time-consuming. So avoid having to restore your device by remembering your Passcode. Once you have Passcode Lock on, you'll need to enter your Passcode to re-access the Passcode Lock settings. Okay and working our way down, the next option here is Change Passcode. So if you're not sure your current Passcode is secure, maybe a friend or coworker guessed it, you can come in here and change it.

First, type your old passcode, then enter a new one, and then confirm it. That dumps you back into the Passcode Lock settings and your new passcode is now in effect. Again, don't forget it. Next, we can determine how soon after locking your phone or iPod, you want to require the Passcode. The default is Immediately and we just saw that once I locked my screen, I had to enter my passcode right away, when I tried to wake it up again. But you can choose 1, 5 or 15 minutes or even 1 or 4 hours.

Note that shorter times are more secure. Also, if you have set up a Microsoft Exchange server account on your device, you will only have the 1, 5 and 15 minute and 1 hour options available here. If you want to choose the 4 hour option, you will have to disable the Exchange account on your iPhone or iPod touch. So for this example, I'll choose After 1 minute. That way, if I put my iPhone to sleep and then change my mind, I can just wake it up immediately without having to enter the Passcode. Notice I can now put the phone to sleep, and when I wake it up right away, I don't have to enter the code.

Let's go back to Passcode Lock settings. The next option, which is on by default, is Simple Passcode. A Simple Passcode is the four digit number system we've been using so far. But if you're really serious about keeping your iPhone secure, you might want to consider a more secure password. So slide Simple Passcode to Off. Then enter your old passcode, and now you're free to enter an alphanumeric passcode, meaning you are not just limited to four numbers. You can now have a Passcode with letters, numbers, and even special characters.

I'm just going to cancel this for now and leave my Simple Passcode on. On the iPhone 4S and later and the fifth generation iPod touch, the next option is Siri, while in the iPhone 4 and 3GS, the next option is Voice Dial. By default, you can use the iPhone's voice dialing or Siri commands even when the screen is asleep and locked. So technically, even if your screen is passcode-protected, someone who knows about voice dialing, could pick up the phone, hold down the Home button to invoke voice dialing and make a call with your phone. In the case of the Siri-enabled devices, they could do even more, since Siri can do things like look up information, read and send text messages, and access your calendar.

If you want to prevent that from happening, you can turn Voice Dial or Siri off here. But that does mean you will have to unlock your phone in order to use Siri or Voice Dial. Similarly, Passbook and Reply with Message also function when your device is locked. If you don't want to have access to those services on your locked phone, you can shut them off here. That will just require you to unlock your phone in order to use them. The last option here is the really serious one. If your phone or iPod is stolen and you have it passcode-protected, and you have Erase Data turned on, your device will automatically erase itself if someone unsuccessfully tries to unlock your phone 10 times.

Now some people have asked well, what if my kid picks up my phone and starts playing with it. If he is just typing in numbers on the Passcode, could he erase my phone? And there are actually significant safeguards built-in to prevent this sort of thing. After six unsuccessful attempts at entering the Passcode, you have to wait one minute before the iPhone or iPod touch will let you try again. After that, the waiting period increases each time to 5 minutes, 15 minutes, one hour, and four hours. So you have to be deliberately trying to break into the iPhone or iPod before you hit 10 attempts and the phone is erased. So there's very little chance of that happening accidentally.

But if the feature still makes you nervous, you can always leave Erase Date off. Lastly, if you don't think you need the Passcode protection and want to turn it off, just scroll back up to the top of the Settings and Turn Passcode Off. You'll be prompted to enter you Passcode one more time to confirm it's you, and then your iPhone or iPod touch will be un-passcode protected.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 17404 viewers

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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