Monday, 31 August 2015


I bet you are like me - you have a Smartphone in your pocket and the phone is much smarter than you think. I would also be willing to bet you’ve never read the manual. Which leads to the old time worn acronym WAEFRTFM which is based on an the old anecdotal  'When All Else Fails - Read The Frigging Manual'.

But what is it about kids, you know the generation we see hanging around a lock, just chilling under their hoodies. Well give any one of those kids a controller and they can reprogram a video recorder, satellite box or the television set in a matter of seconds. So now when you see them stood around 'texting each other' on their smartphones. They are in reality probably just doing a Snowden at MI6 and adjusting the DEFCOM settings at GCHQ.

So I set off on a mission, I was going to teach myself something new about my Android  (Samsung Galaxy S5) Smartphone everyday. So I enlisted the help of Poppy the wonder dog - she is young, pretty smart for a mutt and gets on well with the 'lock landing kids' we come across in the towns as we pass through. She is very good at breaking the ice (age gulf) between the old wrinklies (us) and the Daily Mail bone idle, work shy, benefit scroungers. (us and them)

Ever thought what you might do to get a better level of security on your smartphone. Today I learned how to set a real password on my Android Samsung Galaxy S5

On Android setting a real security password is easy. All Android versions default to a 4-digit PIN for unlocking the phone. That's OK as long as you don't use something simple like 0000 or 1234. However, if you want even more security. Go to Settings and touch 'Lock Screen' and then tap Screen Lock. You can set what level of security you want, from a simple swipe to a password. Select Password and type in the password that you want. It should have a mix of letters, numbers and special characters to be really safe.

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