Your phone is a prized possession—it’s where your digital life is stored, and the mere thought of a stranger holding your phone can make you ill. It’s important you take the proper precautions to protect your phone if it’s ever lost or stolen. In today’s post, we will discuss how to protect your phone from theft by restricting strangers from viewing important data, back up that data so that you can access it, and how you can find and recover your phone.
Use a Strong Screen Lock
Using a lock screen is easier than ever with authentication credentials like fingerprint readers, passcodes, and facial recognition. As the first line of defense, it’s best to use a biometric password (facial recognition or fingerprint reader). If that fails to authenticate, a passcode should be required. This double authentication system is like a brick wall for thieves.
Use GPS Tracker Apps
As long as your wifi or cellular network is active, GPS can be used to locate your device. Both Android and Apple make this very easy.
Android users: Sign into your Google account on your desktop. Go to Google’s search bar and type “find my phone”. The search result should show the device that’s connected to that Google account. If the phone is on, and it’s connected to an internet network, it will show its current location. If the device is nearby, you play a sound to help you or someone find it. You can also lock the phone and erase data remotely.
On a Mac or PC, sign into icloud.com/find and select a device to view its location on the map. Similar to Android, you can play a sound to help you or someone nearby find it. With Lost Mode, you can also lock the phone and erase data remotely. If you added credit, debit, or prepaid cards for Apple Pay, you can restrict the device from making payments.
Use Security Apps
Security apps can help you safeguard your smartphone from thieves. Apps like Lookout have features that monitor suspicious activity, and you can activate the front-facing camera to capture an image of who’s using your phone.
Back Up Your Digital Data
Replacing a lost or stolen phone is hard enough (phones aren’t cheap), but it can be devastating to lose important data from the phone. In 2018, there is no excuse not to back up your device so that you can access its content in the event of loss or theft. Services like Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, etc. have easy-to-use features to help you back up your data.
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