If you own a smartphone, chances are that you usually worried that it will be stolen, damaged or hacked into. Phones are delicate things after all. Which is why we’ve listed here some methods that tackle all three problems.
Obviously, nothing is foolproof. But, if you take the correct precautions, you reduce the likelihood of crooks accessing your data, and make it easier to find your phone’s location. You can also make the phone itself pretty much useless to the thieves or anyone they sell it to.
There are some easy ways you can protect your phone from theft. You can download the Android Device Manager from Google Play. You’ll have to enter your Google account password to enable it.
However, should your phone be lost or stolen, you can visit Google’s Device Manager Page. Here you’ll find options that can ring the phone very loudly (even if it’s muted), lock it with a new and much harder password, or wipe all of your data.
Also you should atleast write down the phone’s IMEI number. This number is associated with the phone itself, not you. The thieves can then format the phone and remove the SIM card, but they cannot change this number. However, if the phone is stolen, you can then contact your service provider to blacklist the IMEI number.
There are several apps like Cerberus, as well which are paid but will actively encrypt your data and provide you with location if the phone is connected to the internet and stolen.
There are a number of ways to prevent your phone from being damaged. The number one thing to do is buy a durable case for your smartphone which makes it more resilient to a fall or an accidental bump. Adding a temper glass is also a good way to protect the most important part of your phone which is the display.
Although one could also get accidental damage insurance for your phone and it would help recover some money in case of damage. Cashify Premium will protect your phone against accidental and liquid damage, without any depreciation loss. What this means is that are NO hidden costs for you. However, the protection can only be purchased within 30 days from purchase of new phone.
Even though you keep your smartphone safe and don’t head over to malicious sites, there is still the risk of picking up a virus or leaking data to thieves. They can infiltrate your device with innocent-looking apps or link to it via unsecured Wi-Fi networks. You can also keep hackers from getting the upper hand by taking some steps to secure your smartphone.
You can install apps on your phone only if they are coming from a trusted source, such as the manufacturer’s app store.
You can also update your phone’s firmware to the current version – which goes a long way in phone protection. Mostly all phones do this for you automatically, but if you’ve turned this option off, you’ll need to download the update manually.
Check an app’s permissions before installing it. If an app requests access to your personal information, don’t install it or deny the request.
That’s all there is to phone protection! Good luck!