Protecting Your Phone from Theft

Your phone may be your most-values material possession. After all, it’s where you store your life in digital format. That’s why it’s important to take certain precautions to protect your phone’s data should it be lost or stolen. Here’s how to keep your device safe.

Screen Lock Strength

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.

GPS Tracking

GPS can be used to track your device as long as you are using wifi or your cellular network is active. Make sure you’re signed in to the account associated with your phone on desktop or another device. For example for Android users, this would be your Gmail account. Then go to “find my phone”.  You should see the device that’s connected to your account. As long as your phone is on and connected to an internet network, you’ll see its location.

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.

Data Back-Up

Even if your phone isn’t lost or stolen, backing up your data is a good idea. In the event you have to switch devices for any reason, reclaiming your files and data will be easy. In addition to back-up features from your device’s operating system, there are third-party services like Google Drive, or Dropbox available too.

For more helpful information on how to keep your phone safe, contact us today!