Posted Aug. 4, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.

Premium Lock Closer look: Secure your phone without passcodes

Published: 2014-08-04 13:51:16
Updated: 2014-08-04 13:51:16

Digital Life A Closer Look Beyond Passcodes FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2013 file photo, a customer configures the fingerprint scanner technology built into the Apple iPhone 5S at an Apple store in Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing. Beyond unlocking the phone, the fingerprint can be used to authenticate the purchase of apps and content within apps. This fall, Apple will begin letting outside developers use the fingerprint ID as part of their apps. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes....

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