The smartphone has become an extension of the human body and mind. As of 2020, there are 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world. They have become an essential part of peoples’ lives, professionally and socially. Communication, information, entertainment, and applications of all sorts are literally at our fingertips whenever we are in need.
As technology advances, phones are becoming more capable of performing exceptional tasks. Phone cameras are continually pushing the boundaries. Modern iPhones are capable of shooting in 4k, 1,080p resolution, and almost 1,000 FPS. These mini-computers have surpassed digital cameras in their abilities.
Although the quality and capabilities of smartphones have improved vastly, so too have their value. Most people rely heavily on their phones to carry out daily tasks and activities. They’re not only expensive to buy and repair, but they also have access to sensitive and valuable information about you. Messaging apps, social media channels, banking apps, and other smartphone programs contain information that can be targeted by criminals.
Protecting your smartphone from damage, theft, and cybercrime should be a priority for everyone.
Here are five essential steps you should be taking to protect your smartphone.
1. Hardware protection
Modern smartphones are generally quite big. It’s very easy to let one slip out of your hand, especially if you are one handing it while multi-tasking. Their sleek designs also mean they can easily slide out of your pocket.
With such large screens, one fall can do extensive damage. To avoid cracking the screen or doing harm to the hardware of your device, make sure to get a quality case and a screen protector.
Tempered glass protectors are usually quite cheap, but cases can be expensive. However, when you compare the price of a case to the cost of a replacement phone, it’s probably worth it for the protection.
It’s common for smartphones to cost over £1,000 today. For high-end, expensive phones, insurance is useful for cover against damage or theft.
3. Install a tracking app
Mobile tracking apps have several uses. Some use GPS and an external device to track and protect your phone if it is misplaced or stolen. They allow you to lock your phone and prevent any unwanted actions from being carried out.
Others can provide information on potential scam calls and texts. Many of these apps don’t cost any money, so choose a free cell phone tracker to suit your needs for added protection.
4. Be wary of public wi-fi
Public wi-fi is very susceptible to hacking and cybertheft. Hackers can target these networks and try to steal information from wi-fi users. It’s recommended to avoid using public wi-fi unless it’s necessary. You should never access banking or finance applications when you’re connected to public wi-fi.
5. Use two-factor authentication where possible
Two-factor authentication is a security measure on a computer or mobile device where the user is required to provide more than one verification method to log-in. This could be a fingerprint, and a numerical code unlock system. Or, it could involve using SMS verification as well as a username and password log-in.
Your passwords should be long and unpredictable. It’s recommended that you change them once every 3 to 4 months.