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10 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR PHONE SAFE

I had just gotten my first android phone after saving money for it for about 6 months. I took the whole of the following week being glued to it. I kept connecting it to my computer and moving all my contacts and pictures onto it. It was quite tiring but the glory ahead was worth the stress. Just when I thought I could finally enjoy the phone, I left it in a taxi and I lost it all. All the work I had put in was gone like a wind and that was when I learnt the greatest lesson on the importance of protecting my smartphone. My very next one was protected from the day I bought it. I have had so many others after then and switching is always seamless.

Smartphones are so portable and easy to miss. People are on the prowl looking for anyone to grab and go. How do you protect such a tiny object that contains more information about you

than even your family members these days? It contains sensitive passwords, contacts, your itinerary, your messages, mobile banking details and what not? All a person needs to do is restore

the phone to default factory settings and it is good to go for resale.Even the phone manufacturers are gaining from the raving madness of smartphones theft. After all,

people have to replace their lost phones.So let me share some tips on how to protect yourself from this madness since these things don’t come cheap:

KILL SWITCHES

You probably already know the meaning from the name. A kill switch basically shuts down an entire system. Gradually and I would say reluctantly, smartphone operators have started introducing kill switches to their inventions. Apple introduced kill switches into their devices in September 2013 and phone theft dropped by 40 percent in the USA and by 50 percent in London. Samsung and Google have also joined Apple in implementing kill switches and it is fast becoming the norm in all operating systems.There is a hard kill switch and a soft kill switch. The former permanently bricks a phone and the latter is remotely accessed via a computer, laptop, tablet or another smartphone rendering the phone unusable for any other user except the owner.Don’t be fooled by the drop in numbers from kill switches. People still lose their phones on a daily basis. What else can you do to protect yours? Here are 10 ways to keep your smartphone safe:

DATA SECURITY

How about adding a password or drawing pattern or even finger print swipe to lock your screen? I know it can be a hassle opening it every time but what is one second delay against the cost of losing your phone?

CONTACT-ME SHEET

Instead of putting your favorite picture on your screen as your wall paper, why don’t you put your contact details like: name, email address, alternate phone number and a financial reward for finding and returning it to you. You never know, do you?

DATA BACK UP

You need to set your phone to daily automatic back up with the use of icloud and Google drive these days for Apple and android. It can back up your contacts, media files and other information. You can also connect your phone to a computer to back up your files.

PHONE TRACKER

There are phone tracking apps that allow you locate your phone’s precise location on the map. Some allow you remotely control it and take actions like playing an alarm sound eve if your phone was set to silent mode. Sellers of mobile phone accessories will have more information.

KILL SWITCH

Having previously discussed this, it is a great way of protecting your phone. Simply activate the settings on your smartphone.

TAKE CAUTION INSTALLING APPS

DO NOT JUST INSTALL ANY APP YOU LOVE. Make sure you check reviews before installing them to ensure they are safe. Often times, we just click accept when the app asks for access to all our information but you need to check to make sure you are only granting access to what it needs to function.

WIFI AND BLUETOOTH

Turn off your wifi and Bluetooth when not in use. It prevents easy access for hackers.

LOG IN DETAILS

I am sure you have noticed that message that comes up on your browser when you log into an account asking to save your password for next time. Do not allow it for super sensitive sites like your banking and social media websites. In case of loss or theft, anybody will have ease of access.

DON’T MAKE IT EASY

Don’t make it easy for anyone to grab your phone. Don’t just hold is lightly in public places, don’t leave it unattended. Make it a habit to be careful with your phone.

PROXIMITY ALARM

This tells you when your phone is more than a few meters away from you. It usually comes with a transmitter and a receiver. Attach the latter to the phone and once it is

15 feet-25 feet away from the former, it beeps. Test before you buy because some of them can have low alarm sounds.Now that I have shared all these practical and insightful tips, don’t just read them, make sure you do them. The next time you lose your phone, it won’t be ignorance, it will be carelessness.

Contact Paul Kennedy, the marketing manager of Jupiter Support (Ireland) for further support for free diagnosis. Jupiter Support only charges a fixed fee of to clear up any or all viruses on a no-fix/no-fee plan.