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Old 11-06-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Do you happen to know if there is a way to password protect the phone on 'power up'? all phones i have had in the past let me set a password that must be entered after the phone is power cycled.

I can't find this on the droid.

the phone has a screen 'locks', and you can do a simple 'patern' to unlock, which is fine, but i want it fully secured if it's stolen or lost.

This phone is a doorway in to my life (via google). i want more protected.

Thanks
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:59 PM   #2
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Yeah. I have been looking for this as well.

Love the Droid. Hate the fact that the entire documentation list is "go find it yourself somewhere"
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:47 PM   #3
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From Motorola:
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How do I protect my phone from unauthorized use?

Your phone does not support password policy enforcement (Enterprise Security) at launch or gesture at launch. However, users that are security conscience can set a "Gesture" lock.There are also a number of applications available on marketplace that can add additional security measures.
You should use the screen lock to protect your phone from unauthorized use.

Press the Menu key from the Home Screen
Touch Settings Touch Location & Security Touch Set unlock pattern

Follow the on-screen instructions and draw your lock pattern. When prompted draw pattern to unlock phone.
Notes:

If you fail to draw the correct unlock pattern on the screen after five attempts, the phone will prompt you to wait for 30 seconds before you can try again. If you forgot your screen unlock pattern, tap Forgot pattern. You will be prompted to sign in using your Google account and create a new screen unlock.

Your phone can still be powered off when locked.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:15 AM   #4
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I appreciate the reply.

I will just keep quiet to our IT staff. :-)
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Old 11-19-2009, 05:35 PM   #5
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I feel the unlock pattern is more secure than the four digit access codes most iPhone users do. It is extremely simple to catch a four digit code compaired to a complex unlock pattern. You can even turn off the pattern confirmation so on lookers cannot see your code. When I unlock my Droid and people are all around, they reply, "what was that?". Its over before they even think about it.
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:11 PM   #6
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I feel the unlock pattern is more secure than the four digit access codes most iPhone users do. It is extremely simple to catch a four digit code compaired to a complex unlock pattern. You can even turn off the pattern confirmation so on lookers cannot see your code. When I unlock my Droid and people are all around, they reply, "what was that?". Its over before they even think about it.

You'd be right about the unlock pattern being more secure. The number of combinations for a 4-digit pin are 10,000 (10^4). The math for the unlock pattern is a bit more complicated, since you choose how many dots to use, but at its least secure 4-dot sequence, there are 3,024 combinations (9*8*7*6). Adding a fifth dot makes it 1.5-times as secure as a 4-digit pin with 15,120 combinations (9*8*7*6*5). The Droid unlock pattern can have as many as 362,880 patterns (9!).

Hope that puts a few of you at ease!
~eM
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:53 PM   #7
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Only major problem with the unlock pattern is using it on the new Droid ... the (otherwise beautiful) glass screen is a serious fingerprint magnet, so unless your pattern is insanely complex, or you wipe your phone off after every unlock, it'll be readily apparent to anyone who holds the phone at a slight angle.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:14 PM   #8
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I am very conscious of the fingerprint trail and I agree with that concern. Therefore I do make it a habit of wiping when preying eyes are around. I think that eMAyaR's mathematical presentation of the permutations and combinations (which I have not used since my college days...) is great.

However, we should also consider the mathematical probabilities of:

a) What is the likelihood of having your phone lost or stolen (knowing how security conscious and situational aware you are) and

b) What is the reality that some desperate idiot, assuming that they truly want access so badly to your phone, will figure out an iPhone like code (from the 10,00v0 choices) in a relatively short period of time.

My vote would be for the code, or better yet, maybe Moto can let you choose which method you prefer?

I have an iTouch and I typically have my code activated when I use my iTouch in public places. Unfortunately, as much as I love it, now that I have the Droid, I have ended up with an electronic paperweight! Maybe I can "regift" my iTouch??!
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:52 PM   #9
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uh, a little quick on that math.

you can't lift your finger, and not all possible combinations are valid.

yes there are app's, so if anybody finds one they like, please post it here. (this thread, this forum).

wavesecure is getting good reviews

There are a lot of these forums on a lot of different sites, so look around. I'm finding this and androidforums.com to be a couple of the better ones.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:03 PM   #10
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Only problem I see with wavesecure is that it doesn't secure the sd card...I'd prefer something with a more protection. Still looking.
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