Is there a way to require a password to view your Gmail account?
Using a pattern screen lock isn't the answer (reasons below), and the other screen lock types are pretty frustrating. I already use the pattern lock, but there are two problems:
-If the phone is stolen (off a subway just as the doors close etc) while it's unlocked, it'll be accessible at least temporarily. (applies for any lock type actually)
-Even if it's locked after it's stolen, the screen unlock pattern is easily defeated if you haven't 'wiped' your screen-- notice that the oils from your finger leave the unlock pattern right on the screen for any halfway intelligent scumbags to see. I don't give a rats if they access anything on the phone OTHER than mail, so a simple password requirement for gmail would be fine. But how?
Changing the mail account (apparently) isn't an option since it was set up as the 'default' account and the Verizon tech neglected to tell me that (based on my research) only a factory reset can remove the email account from the phone. A lame solution (if that even works), obviously. Had I known this would be a problem, I'd have just used a second gmail account, but I guess it's too late now. I can't uninstall or disable the Gmail app, either.
What are my options for addressing this type of security risk?