Protecting personal data stored on mobile devices is of utmost importance for savvy smartphone users who’re familiar with all the recent privacy-related spying scandals and online data thefts. But you should not get too crazy about the way you protect the lock screen of your smartphone like the following individual, whose iPhone password has more than 60 characters in it, with each unlock requiring between 10 to 15 seconds.
As you’ll see in the following video, captured on a train in Japan by Twitter user @yossy1999116, one iPhone user with what appears to be an iPhone 5 is casually entering what seems to be the longest passcode I’ve ever seen. Miss one character, and you won’t be able to reply instantly to that instant message you receive.
Not to mention that if you have your Erase Data feature turned on – and I’m assuming this guy has it, considering how cautious he is – the phone will erase your data after 10 failed passcode attempts.
If your personal data is so sensitive that you need to use a smartphone lock screen made of over 60 characters, you’d better rethink your strategy. Rather than wasting time unlocking the phone with an insanely long string of characters, you might consider upgrading your hardware so you can unlock it using a fingerprint scanner. In that case, you’d still be able to use a very long passcode as a backup, but you’re going to be less likely to use it in public, where someone can record it on video.
The iPhone owner in the video isn’t wrong to revert to a longer passcode. The more characters in a password, the less likely it is for hackers to force their way into your device. But again, if your data is so sensitive that hackers might want it, then you’d better up your game and upgrade to a device that has a 64-bit chip – at least an iPhone 5s, which also happens to be the first device to feature a fingerprint sensor.
Retweeted more than 20,000 times and favorited more than 16,000 times on Twitter, the video showing this extraordinary iPhone password follows below.