Life is unpredictable and smartphones are expensive. Those are just two simple facts that when combined, can put a real dent in your wallet and your mood. Protect your smartphone from theft or loss by following these simple tips!
1. Improve Your Password
Opt for a more complex passcode than the simple 4-digit lock. If you’re in public punching in that elaborate passcode that nobody could ever guess, then a thief is far less likely to nab your device over the guy in line behind you who’s already typed in “1212”.
2. Stay Consistent
Make a habit of keeping your phone in the same place all the time. By having a designated place for your smartphone, you’ll reduce your risk of losing it. Avoid small pockets to prevent the phone from falling out when you sit or stand. If you carry a purse or bag, use one inside pocket consistently for your smartphone. Not only will this method keep your device tucked away from thieves, but the habit will also decrease your chances of misplacing the device or losing it in public.
3. Get the App
Take the time to install or activate an app that will track your smartphone if you should lose it. This is a quick and easy way to add some extra protection to your phone and give you something to fall back on if all else fails.
For an Android, find the Device Manager in Google Settings (or the icon on your desktop with the letter “g” and a gear symbol next to it) and follow the promptings to set up the tracking function. To locate a missing phone, use a computer to access Android Device Manager in the browser’s address bar.
For an iPhone, download and install Find My iPhone from the iTunes App Store. Complete the activation in a matter of minutes and remember your user information! To track down a missing iPhone, use a computer to access Find My iPhone.
For a Windows phone, access and activate the Find My Phone app in the main settings menu. To track down a missing phone, use a computer and head to Microsoft’s account sign-in screen.
As stated before, life is unpredictable. In addition to taking preventative measures, you may also want to prepare for the worst case scenario.
- Regularly back up your smartphone to the Cloud, Google+, or a computer. By doing this, you’ll still have access to all of your images, videos, and more in the event of a stolen or lost device that you’re unable to recover.
- Don’t store any information on your phone that could be harmful to your identity or your wallet if a thief gets a hold of it.
- Alter your settings to erase the device data after 10 failed pass code attempts.
- Insurance is a great backup plan to invest in and can save you hundreds of dollars on smartphone expenses and accidents. Our Protect IT Protection programs cost less than replacing a shattered phone screen, and also come with a reliable case, a tempered glass screen protector, and waterproofing!
Don’t fall victim to theft. Think smart to keep your phone safe and secure.