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Is there any security by default on SMS when away from phone?

(Topic created: 09-10-2022 03:13 PM)
user3T9VGUcD2C
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Hello,

I recently had a Galaxy Watch 46mm (SM-R800 I believe is the type) stolen. While that in itself was devastating, I just realized with utter horror that the watch has my text messages on it. This could lead to a leak of private information, not just mine, but for my family and friends as well. Not to mention the work related stuff.

This model doesn't have a SIM card slot, it only communicates with the outside world via the bluetooth connection to my phone. I had it paired to my Galaxy phone via the Galaxy Wearable app. I had it set up so that when I get a text, I get a notification on the watch and I can read the text on the watch just by tapping the watch face. No need to take out and unlock the phone in order to do that. I think I may have changed a setting to allow that, I'm not sure.

Obviously the watch stopped receiving new messages, now that the bluetooth connection to my phone is lost for good. But what about the messages that are already on the phone? Will the watch show those to the thief? Or will it say "Hey, to access messages, reconnect with the phone and unlock your screen!" I'm really hoping it's the latter, but that's all I can do now - hope.

I'm interested in the DEFAULT behavior of the watch. While I may have set it to show messages directly on the watch (I honestly don't recall) I certainly didn't switch on any extra security for the messages.

Also, which messages can I expect to be on the phone? Do all of them get transferred there? Or just the ones that arrive when the phone is not being actively used? What about messages that arrive when the phone is out of reach of the watch? Do those get synced when they reconnect?

Is there any protection at all on the contact list? Call history? Do those get fully copied to the watch?

PS: Please don't tell me about the "Find my phone" feature, for locating or remotely disabling the watch. That stuff doesn't work on a device that's not connected to he cellular network. Remember this watch only has bluetooth and without my phone there it's not connected to anything.

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tom2055
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Most Contacts messages and call logs are transferred. The default behavior is they will show up, even if disconnected since they are saved on the watch. Only way to secure the watch is to have set up a pass code on it. Then, whenever it's not on your wrist it'll require the passcode and stay u locked on ur wrist till the next time you take it off.if you didn't have a pass code on it, I'm sorry to say your out of luck...

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tom2055
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Most Contacts messages and call logs are transferred. The default behavior is they will show up, even if disconnected since they are saved on the watch. Only way to secure the watch is to have set up a pass code on it. Then, whenever it's not on your wrist it'll require the passcode and stay u locked on ur wrist till the next time you take it off.if you didn't have a pass code on it, I'm sorry to say your out of luck...
user3T9VGUcD2C
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Thanks. That's the exact opposite of what I wanted to hear, but at least now I know.

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