Although we’d all love to own the latest smartphone, unfortunately the fancier they are – the more liable they are to being stolen. That’s not to say we shouldn’t own them; we just need to take precautions to protect them from thieves. According to a recent survey, more than 300,000 mobile phones are reported stolen to police each year.
Here are 8 helpful tips for safeguarding you and your device:
- Think about where you keep it when on the go. Try not to keep it in a pocket but somewhere where it can be zipped away. Not only does this prevent it slipping out but makes the job of a pick-pocket one step harder.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you do feel the need to use your phone in public, (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) don’t glue yourself to the screen – make sure you are aware of who is around you.
- Evaluate the situation. If you do feel you’re in a risky environment or have seen some suspicious behaviour, perhaps put your phone on silent so as not to draw attention to it. You can revert back to normal once you’re in a safer place.
- Think about how you’re using your apps. Virtually ‘Checking in’ at destinations, whether it is for one afternoon or a 2 week break, also alerts thieves that you are away from home. If your house is unoccupied whilst you’re away, maybe save sharing it online until you’re back?
- Make payments safely. If you have used your smartphone to make a payment, ensure you log out from the website rather than just closing the app. This keeps your payment information safer should your phone end up in the wrong hands.
- Always set up a password or PIN to prevent access to your phone. This buys you some time to block the handset or close accounts before the perpetrator can access your details.
- Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you’re not using them. Hackers may be able to access your files externally if these are left on.
- Install an app for your personal safety. Skyguard’s smartphone app is designed to protect lone workers and vulnerable individuals from dangerous situations. Your smartphone can be used as your port of call, should you find yourself confronted by a perpetrator.
This doesn’t only apply to your personal phone; you should also take precautions when using your work phone. Often, it’s not just the handset that that thieves have their eye on – they are also looking for sensitive or personal information which enables them to act fraudulently.