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Using Passcode Lock

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

Video: Using Passcode Lock

If you keep personal information on your iOS device, or if you just want If you're using an iPhone 5S, this will read passcode Now at this point it's important to stress that you have turned Passcode on.

Using Passcode Lock

If you keep personal information on your iOS device, 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 has been lost or stolen, it's a good idea to use the passcode feature found in Settings > General > Passcode Lock. If you're using an iPhone 5S, this will read passcode and fingerprint, since the 5S has a built-in fingerprint sensor. We looked at how to set that up back in the first chapter. Okay, let's look at the settings here, starting with Turn Passcode On. When I tap that option, I'm prompted to enter a four digit passcode.

This is a four digit passcode of your choosing. Just tap one in, and then tap it again to confirm that you typed it correctly. Now at this point it's important to stress that you have turned Passcode on. Meaning that if you were to lock your screen right now, and then go to wake it up again. You're going to be prompted to enter your 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 the device again is to restore it in iTunes, which involves completely wiping the device and restoring it to factory settings. Now, if you regularly sync your device, you have a backup copy of mostly everything on it.

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 need to enter your passcode to reaccess the passcode lock settings. So back here from the general settings, when I go back into passcode lock, notice it asked me for that code. All right, working our way down here, the next option is Change Passcode. So, if you're not sure your current passcode is secure, maybe your friend or coworker guessed it, you can come in here to change it. First, type your old passcode, and then enter a new one.

And 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 device you want it to require 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. Obviously, shorter times are more secure. Now also, if you set up a Microsoft Exchange Server account on your site, you'll only have the 1, 5, 15 minute and 1 hour options available. If you wanted to choose the 4 hour option, you'll have to disable the exchange account on your device.

So for this example I'll choose one 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 again. Notice I can now put the phone to sleep and then wake it up without having to enter the passcode. I'm going to have to enter my pass code to go back into Passcode Settings. The next option here is Simple Passcode, and that's on by default. A Simple Passcode is the four digit number system we've been using so far, but if you're really serious about keeping your device secure, you might want to consider a more secure password. So you can slide Simple Passcode to off, then enter your old passcode, and now you're free to enter an alphanumeric passcode, meaning you're 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. Now, if you have a device with a built-in fingerprint sensor, like the iPhone 5S, the next option will be fingerprints, which is where you can teach your device your fingerprints to unlock it. Again we looked at this feature back in Chapter One, so be sure to watch that movie if you want to see how the Touch ID system works. The next two options here are Voice Dial and if you have a Siri capable device, Siri. By default you can use the iPhone Voice Dialing or Siri commands even when the screen is asleep and locked.

So technically even if your screen is passcode protected someone who knew about voice dialing could pick it up, hold the home button to invoke voice dialing and make a call with your phone. In the case of Siri-enabled devices, they can even do 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, turn Voice Dial and/or Siri off. But that does mean you'll 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 just shut them off here.

That will require you to unlock your phone in order to use them. And in case you can't remember what those are, Passbook is the app where you can store things like airline tickets, hotel cards, gift cards and so on. And Reply With Message is the ability to reply to an incoming phone call with a text message. Now this last option here is the really serious one. If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch 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 ten times. Now some people have asked well, what if my kid picks up my phone and starts playing with it.

If he starts typing numbers on the passcode he could erase my phone. But 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, iPad, or iPod Touch will let you try again. After that, the waiting period increases each time to five minutes, 15 minutes, one hour, and then four hours. So you have to be deliberately trying to break into the device before you hit ten attempts and the phone is erased. There's very little chance of that happening accidentally. But if the feature still makes you nervous, you can always leave Erase Data off.

Lastly, if you don't think you need the passcode protection and want to turn if off, just scroll back up to the top of settings, and tap, Turn Passcode Off. Notice you get this warning screen, telling you that with it turned off, your safe passwords, credit cards, and important data can be viewed and used by anyone who has access to your iPhone. If you want to take that chance, just tap turn off. You have to enter your passcode one more time. Now, if you've enabled Safari AutoFill, which includes the ability to remember your website passwords and credit card information if you've added it, you get the option to turn that off as well. I'll just choose keep using Safari AutoFill for now, but again if you're worried about security after turn off passcode, you might want to consider turning that off and deleting the passwords.

And once you've done that, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch will be un-passcode protected. So, those are the passcode settings in iOS 7.

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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
      50s
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
      43s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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