I was about to install the Outlook app on my phone, when it asked me to activate it as a device admin. (See image below):
I'm sure few people read the whole warning. One part greatly concerned me:
Monitor screen unlock attempts
Monitor the number of incorrect passwords typed. when unlocking the screen, and lock the phone or ease all the phone's data if too many incorrect passwords are typed.
Well shoot, if there's risk of all data being erased, I'm not really not that interested anymore! I often accidentally swipe patterns while I'm holding my phone in my hand. Plus a friend or young family member may be fooling around with my phone, unknowingly creating me a very long restoration process and lost data I can never get back.
What I'm wondering:
- Is this just a generic warning given for any app requesting admin privileges? Perhaps it's possible that Outlook doesn't use the erase feature?
- Is there a way to verify how many incorrect login attempts will trip the erasure?
- Can I override the ability for it to erase my phone? (I'm guessing not.)