There’s no doubt that when it comes to your smartphone, protecting it has to be the number one priority. As powerful and efficient as modern mobile devices are, they are not indestructible and can be damaged. We’re going to be taking a look at ten different things you can do to protect your device, and make sure that both the exterior design and the interior components are safe.
Protect Your Data
One of the first things that you can do to protect your phone is to lockdown any sensitive data you may have. Your phone, if stolen or taken from you, can easily have its contents removed. You can prevent this with the help of a passcode on specific files or additional security applications, a lot of which you can download from the App Store/Google Play Store.
Use the Screen Lock
A lot of people have either a screen lock or a passcode on their phone, and there’s a good reason for this. It helps to keep your device protected in the event someone else picks it up. Selecting either one of those options will help you to keep your phone safe in case it’s taken.
Consider Wireless Protection
You know, we all jump on public wifi without a second thought. However, have you ever stopped to consider the risks that can come from unsecured internet hotspots? Wireless protection is a good way of making sure that you stay safe online, whether it’s making sure the internet you connect to has a password, or that you’re avoiding any connection points which seem untrustworthy.
Remote Wipe Software
When your phone is taken, it can feel like a disaster. All the sensitive information that you’ve entered to shop online, or log into high-risk areas is now accessible to whoever has possession of your mobile. Thankfully, you can stop them with a remote wipe function, which erases all information and data at the touch of a button.
Invest in Accessories
If you’ve ever damaged your phone, then you know it can be a particularly stressful moment where you check for damage and worry that things aren’t going to be okay. However, if you’ve taken the time to invest in accessories, this worry is reduced. A strong case and a good screen protector will help to stop accidents from turning into costly mistakes!
Be Smart Online
The internet is a wonderful place. Many people use it everyday to search information, connect with business colleagues, or just browse the web. However, it’s also a potentially dangerous place. You need to be careful what pop-ups you accept and what you agree to, because you could open up to viruses or hacking.
Read Every Fine Print
When trying to get the right applications and software set up on your phone, it can be tempting to skip the fine print and just get everything going. However, this is typically the point where people grant permissions to apps that they didn’t want to, so always read the small details!
Monitor Your Bluetooth
For wireless applications, Bluetooth is a wonderful addition to a smartphone. However, for anyone in range, it’s a way into your data. Make sure your Bluetooth is off when you don’t need it, and that you don’t allow any connections you don’t know the origin of.
Clean Your Phone Regularly
The outer shell of your device is just as important as the components inside. Making sure that you spend a few minutes maybe once a week to clean the phone and keep it looking like new ensures that it stays in the best condition possible for the longest time.
Backup Your Data!
When trying to keep your phone safe, you’re going to want to backup all of your data as standard. Not only does this protect you from irretrievable and complete loss of your sensitive info, but it means you can push that remote wipe button without any fear.
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