With the value of our modern smartphones, there’s an ever increasing concern about the safety of our devices – 900,000 iPhones were stolen in 2008 which is just a fraction of what the issue has risen to today. It’s best to be up to date on the newest technologies available to cover your phone, and in this article I hope to cover some ways you can protect yourself from mobile phone theft.
Years ago, most people didn’t even think about having a passcode lock on their phone, but now we’re into the face recognition era, and fingerprint locking. Although these two technologies are robust, it’s important to back them up with a suitable, strong passcode for your phone. Think about it – if someone was to steal your purse or bag and they happened to have your wallet also, one of the first passcodes they’d likely try out of logic is combinations of your personal information.
A safer option is to have a text-based password, as the combinations here are much vaster and the password would be much more difficult to guess. Using symbols in a text based password increases the strength greatly – it’s much harder to guess the password pass123 if you make it pass123#.
Find my phone
With the wonders of modern technology, we’re graced with the introduction of advanced GPS systems on our phones, and the ability to communicate with these systems from services like Find My iPhone, or an android equivalent. You’ve probably heard of people using this kind of technology to find their phone in the house as opposed to the more traditional solution of asking someone to ring it.
Simple, but important
A traditional, but still relevant method of preventing theft of your phone is through the use of an invisible ink pen – also known as anti-theft pens. A message written on the device using these types of pens would provide proof of the phone being yours in the event that you were to find it again after a theft. You’d have to remember to keep reapplying the writing on the device if it sees a lot of wear and tear, but this method accompanied with other forms of protection is a great way to finalise the retrieval of a lost device.
Considering the now massive amounts of information we store on our devices it’s now much more noticeable and impactful to our lives if we are without our daily driver. One solution to avoid any downtime at all is to invest in cheap phone insurance. With incredibly low prices from a number of providers monthly you can always have a backup phone ready to use if you were to lose your device, have the cost of the theft covered up to specific amounts and even cover accidental loss of the phone itself, such as cracking the screen of your phone. Even covering additional elements such as phone accessories, and E-wallets on the device if the thief were to use your saved payment information – covering every aspect of your device.