Setting a strong password on my mobile device

One of the ways to keep information safe on your mobile device is to set a good strong password. This is helpful whether it's your own device or something that the University has provided to you. It applies equally to mobile phones and tablets. This article shows you how.

Android

  1. Open the Apps folder.
  2. Select the Settings option
  3. Scroll down and choose the Lock screen and security option
  4. Choose the Screen lock type option
  5. Draw the current unlock pattern, enter your PIN etc.
  6. Select Password
  7. Follow the on screen instructions and set a strong password

New Android devices are encrypted by default, as long as they’re running ‘Android 6.0 Marshmallow’ or later. If you are running an older system then you can add a level of security by encrypting. You can do this by updating to the latest version of Android. 

You can encrypt some older operating systems. Go to Settings and find the Security option. If you can encrypt your phone that's where the option will be.

Apple iOS

Apple’s iOS (iPhone/iPad) has been encrypting data, by default, for years, but you still need a strong password for optimum security.  This is what to do to change your 4 digit PIN to a stonger 6 digit PIN, or - even better - to a password or pass phrase with a mix of letters and numbers. 

Change you PIN to 6 Digits

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen
  2. Tap Touch ID & Passcode.
  3. Enter your existing passcode
  4. Tap Change Passcode
  5. Re-enter your existing passcode
  6. Tap Passcode Options
  7. Tap Custom Numeric Passcode
  8. Enter your new longer passcode numbers
  9. Re-enter your passcode number

Change to a password with numbers and letters

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen
  2. Tap Touch ID & Passcode
  3. Enter your existing passcode
  4. Tap Change Passcode
  5. Re-enter your existing passcode
  6. Tap Passcode Options
  7. Tap Custom Alphanumeric Code
  8. Enter strong password/pass phrase
  9. Re-enter your new long password/pass phrase

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