1. Rajesh MM's Avatar
    Guys. I have noticed many Apps like Application Locker, but that says to create a new shortcut. That doesn't work good really. If you go into applications installed list, then you can access the app without the Password. Please provide a good Application Locker that locks all the Apps installed. Please have a look at the same in Android. Many Users are really waiting for this sort of Application Locker.
    12-01-2014 02:46 AM
  2. sanjeet_deshwal's Avatar
    OS limitations :D
    Not possible
    Keep dreaming :P
    xandros9 likes this.
    12-01-2014 03:08 AM
  3. primortal's Avatar
    You might want to vote for this feature, https://windowsphone.uservoice.com/f...-windows-phone
    12-01-2014 09:51 AM
  4. Hypnopottamus's Avatar
    This is a serious question. What are you trying to achieve? Isn't it just easier to have a password for your lockscreen? If you're trying to keep people out of your phone, that's probably the best way to go. If you only want people to have access to certain apps, you can try using the Kids Corner feature, where you can allow only certain apps to be accessible.
    12-01-2014 02:50 PM
  5. primortal's Avatar
    This is a serious question. What are you trying to achieve? Isn't it just easier to have a password for your lockscreen? If you're trying to keep people out of your phone, that's probably the best way to go. If you only want people to have access to certain apps, you can try using the Kids Corner feature, where you can allow only certain apps to be accessible.
    To expand on this if you're running WP 8.1 you could also use Share apps with Apps Corner on Windows Phone 8.1 | Windows Phone How-to (United States) as well.
    12-01-2014 03:01 PM
  6. manicottiK's Avatar
    This is a serious question. What are you trying to achieve? Isn't it just easier to have a password for your lockscreen? If you're trying to keep people out of your phone...
    I'm not the OP, but I think that the request is to put certain apps behind a PIN rather than putting the whole phone behind a PIN. Some apps (like Mint, LastPass, etc.) offer a way to have the app prompt for a PIN before it opens. I think that the OP wants this generalized so that they can leave the phone generally unlocked while still offering protections to some apps and data sources.
    aximtreo and a5cent like this.
    12-01-2014 04:39 PM
  7. a5cent's Avatar
    ^ I think so too, but IMHO "apps corner" is preferable to an "apps locker" app. The later is preferable only when someone wants to protect but one or two rarely used apps. That just really isn't good enough if you're lending your phone to others. The only people for whom that approach works, are teenagers hoping to protect their porn collections from their technically illiterate parents.

    As soon as we expect to protect multiple apps, particularly if those are regularly used apps, an apps locker gets either unbearable (due to constant unlocking) or useless (due to not locking stuff that should be, in an effort to make it less annoying).

    In such scenarios "apps corner" is easier and faster, as it reverses the protection process. Instead of unlocking each app individually, we just unlock the device (which everyone should be using either way), and get the unnerving password protection out of the way in one single step. Only in those situations when we give our phone to someone else, are we required to go through an extra three clicks (accessible from the start screen) to launch apps corner first.

    IMHO that's simply the better approach, but few are aware of that feature. Most people just know how it works on Android and end up looking for something similar. To a degree MS also deserves some blame, as the name "apps corner" doesn't give you any hint at all, as to what it might actually be good for.
    Last edited by a5cent; 12-03-2014 at 01:42 PM. Reason: slight clarifications (was tired)
    Laura Knotek and aximtreo like this.
    12-01-2014 05:22 PM
  8. Hypnopottamus's Avatar
    Okay, I don't mean to hijack this thread, but since we're talking about "Apps corner", I don't seem to have that feature. Is this a Denim feature? All I can get that is remotely like this is Kids Corner....which is why I suggested using it instead of an application locker.
    a5cent likes this.
    12-02-2014 02:54 PM
  9. a5cent's Avatar
    Okay, I don't mean to hijack this thread, but since we're talking about "Apps corner", I don't seem to have that feature. Is this a Denim feature? All I can get that is remotely like this is Kids Corner....which is why I suggested using it instead of an application locker.
    AFAIK (have not tested this myself) it doesn't depend on Denim firmware, but requires only WP8.1 Update 1. You can get that through the PfD program, or wait for your carrier to release it.
    Hypnopottamus likes this.
    12-02-2014 03:26 PM
  10. EspHack's Avatar
    well porn collection or not, some people don't like to leave their personal pictures or things like that exposed, but don't like having to type passwords every time they unlock the phone either, so why not give the option to password protect apps? I think we need a fingerprint reader asap...
    12-02-2014 07:09 PM
  11. a5cent's Avatar
    well porn collection or not, some people don't like to leave their personal pictures or things like that exposed, but don't like having to type passwords every time they unlock the phone either, so why not give the option to password protect apps? I think we need a fingerprint reader asap...
    Yeah, I know some people think Apple's finger print reader is a gimmick, but I'd like that too. It really is the best solution so far, as it makes using a locked device simple, and every device should be locked! Those who let convenience dissuade them deserve to have their data stolen.


    Giving people the option to password protect apps isn't a good idea though. I know the "give people the option" mantra is popular, but it's not always the best idea. It's like giving people the option to use picture passwords. They aren't secure. An OS shouldn't dupe customers into a false sense of security, which is why no security is better than fake security.

    Why is an apps locker not secure? Well, because there are many ways to access files on a phone, particularly on Android. Just locking one or two apps represents only very casual protection at best . An apps locker uses the "everything is allowed that isn't explicitly forbidden" approach. Nobody in the security business takes that approach seriously however, and most users are hopelessly incapable of using that mechanism to create something that actually is secure. That approach exists not because it's the best approach to security, but because that is what app developers on Android were able to deliver. Apps corner takes the opposite "everything is forbidden that isn't explicitly allowed" approach. Combined with WP's app sandboxing, that does give you a very securable system. I'm not saying it's perfect and can't be improved, far from it, but it is the better approach.

    Options aren't always good. Particularly if they are bad options, popular or not.
    Last edited by a5cent; 12-03-2014 at 01:55 AM. Reason: spelling
    Hypnopottamus likes this.
    12-02-2014 08:59 PM
  12. aximtreo's Avatar
    Must be all non ICON phones that have this ability. Us that are still in the "Twilight Zone" and own ICON's we have to wait longer. I'm not complaining. I just changed back to Verizon from the 1520 to rejoin the family plan and to have a better signal where I live. I'll live with the ICON until something new and better comes along from Verizon. Gosh, I wonder if the ICON will last until the year 2100?
    12-03-2014 07:33 AM
  13. Rajesh MM's Avatar
    Ya I agree. But the kids corner does not have the option to enter the different password. Where the same password is used instead. There should be a different option to enter there own password. Same passwords for both then wy to have the password option. Same password they can use it and they can use it to access the apps present and also the photos present in Gallery. Thats the problem !!!
    12-16-2014 12:11 AM
  14. a5cent's Avatar
    Ya I agree. But the kids corner does not have the option to enter the different password. Where the same password is used instead. There should be a different option to enter there own password. Same passwords for both then wy to have the password option. Same password they can use it and they can use it to access the apps present and also the photos present in Gallery. Thats the problem !!!
    This is not about kids corner. It's about apps corner. And yes, it's a feature of WP8.1 GDR1. For most people that still means you won't yet have it unless you're running the developer preview.
    12-16-2014 08:25 AM

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