SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Since smartphones have become an inseparable part of our lives, everything we do is stored on our phone – pictures, notes to self, logins to social networks and more.  God forbid if our phone gets stolen; this will not be just a mere inconvenience but may lead to a significant personal loss from unauthorized access to our private accounts.

Here are two simple tips to ensure that only you have access to your phone:

Tip #1.  Set up a passcode.

Sign Up for Springfield Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

On Androids, you can go from “Settings” to “Lock Screen and Security” (Figure 1.) and select “Screen Lock Type”(Figure 2). You will be presented with 5 types of security options.

Select the option “PIN” to set up a passcode. It will ask you to enter a 4-digit number that you can remember. This passcode will be asked each time you turn on or restart the device, install any software or profiles and erase your device.

On iPhones, go to the Settings and select the option “Touch ID and Passcode” (Figure 3) from the menu. You will be asked to enter a 4-digit number for your passcode (Figure 4).                              .

Once you have secured your phone with a passcode, it will protect your personal data and provide you peace of mind.

Figures 1 & 2 for an Android phone.















Figures 3 & 4 for an iPhone.




Stay tuned for our technology tip series with security tips and shortcuts for your phones and other devices.

About the Author:  Niru Mallavarupu is a technologist, Founder and CEO of MobileArq, a company that provides software for school PTA to manage their activities.


MobileArq is a NJ-based software firm that specializes in creating simple to use, simple to adopt, and simple to self-service communication and fundraising solutions for school PTA/PTO. Parents get their school at their fingertips. PTA/PTOs save hundreds of hours and raise tens of thousands with the MobileArq platform.