Did you purchase a new mobile phone and want to keep it safe? Are you just worried about protecting your smartphone? Listen – ‘loud and clear’ – your phone is always in threat. There are many types of threat, some of which you possibly do not know. So, you need to keep your mobile safe. The loss will not only lead to financial losses (after all you need to spend money to buy a phone) but, you can also lose a lot of valuable information. Do you want that to happen? No one wants that, and you cannot be an exception.
So, in this write-up, we are going to learn about the different methods that you can use to protect your new mobile phone (or even an existing mobile phone) from different threat around you. Let us begin.
Theft – A big threat that you need to worry about
You cannot be ultra-careful always. Physical theft of your phone can happen at any moment. Can you prevent a thief from stealing your phone? No, you cannot! However, you can always go ahead and have some failsafe mechanisms in place to trace your phone post-theft. The list of measures that you can take in the event of theft includes the following:
Keep IMEI Number and Other Phone Details Handy
If someone steals your phone, you need to report the theft to the police to trace it. The police personnel will require the following information from you about your device:
- IMEI Number – It can be found on your phone’s packaging. If the number is not on the packaging, check the backside of the phone. Often, the IMEI number is printed on pasted on the back. If you still cannot find the number, fire up the phone’s calling app and dial the following: “*#06#” (without the inverted quotes). The IMEI number will show itself on the screen. It is a unique identification number for your phone, and it is completely separate from your 10-digit cell phone number. The IMEI number cannot be changed. The law enforcement authorities use the number to trace the phone and prevent its sale.
- Make and model: Well, the law enforcement will ask the name of the manufacturer and the model of the phone. Keep a note of the same.
- Bill: Keep the paper bill safe. In case you lose the phone, and the police manage to recover it, you will have to prove during the court proceedings that you are the rightful owner of the The court may ask for the bill.
Track Your Phone Using a Third-Party Service
Using a third-party mobile tracking service, you can find the current location of the phone. To be honest, the results are never accurate. Those services can only give you a range within which the phone was last active. If you lose your mobile, you can try searching for it on Yournav. If you can tell the police about the last active location of the phone, the police can narrow down their search.
There are several other services (apart from Yournav.com) that you can use for the same purpose such as:
- Google Find My Device Service (in case you lost an Android phone). You can also use Google Maps in conjunction with this service to find the last location of your phone.
- Find My iPhone Service (in case you lost an iPhone).
- You can also install a spy software (paid ones) on your phone to track the exact location(s) of your phone. Remember that you cannot install such software remotely. You need to install spy software once you purchase a phone. Spy software is expensive, and you need to pay a monthly price for the same. However, they are worth the money you spend.
If you think theft is the only threat, you are wrong. There are other threats as well that you need to deal with to keep your phone safe. They are briefly discussed below.
Anti-Malware and Anti-Virus Software
Data theft is a big problem. There are hackers everywhere trying to trick you into giving unabated permissions to your phone’s data (calls, images, documents, message, phone book and more). You may install many apps over time. Many of these apps have malware and virus infused in their codes. Once you install those apps, the malware and viruses will take your data and send it back to the hackers whenever you go online. Your vital data in the wrong hands can be disastrous!
Imagine, someone gets access to your banking details that you keep on your phone. What happens next? The hacker can get access to your bank account. We need not say anything more!
Not just banking data. There can be much more vital information like:
- Business Secrets.
- Your “very personal”
- Codes for a secret project you are working on, etc.
Do you want someone to get access to all such information that can make or destroy your career and life? So, install a paid version of some anti-malware and anti-virus program. There are many outstanding ones there like Kaspersky, Avast, Norton, etc. All of them are highly reputed, and you can always go ahead and install them on your phone.
Insurance for Your Phone
‘Insurance for a phone’ may sound a bit overboard but hey, what if your phone has cost you a whopping 70,000 rupees? There are insurance companies out there who will insure your phone for a minimal fee per month. In case your phone is lost, you can claim the money. The claim process can be tedious, but it will be worth the effort as you will get back the money that you can spend on purchasing a new phone.
Keep Your Apps Updated
Please do not make a mistake of leaving your apps and OS to older versions when new versions are available. Remember, new updates make the apps more secure. Security patches are important to keep hackers at bay.
Do Not Jailbreak or Root Your Device
Phone manufacturers do not sell phones with root access (jailbreak in case of iPhone). There is a reason for the same. Rooted devices are vulnerable to hacking via malicious codes. A phone with root access may sound fancy but unless you know what root access means, do not think of rooting or jailbreaking your mobile device. Doing so will only expose your phone’s vulnerabilities to hackers.
Backup Your Data
Data backup is the good old wisdom you should never discard. If you keep your data safe, you can get it back in the event of someone stealing your phone. Even though you will not get your device back, you can at least get back important data.
Lock Your Phone
If your phone has a fingerprint lock, pattern lock or pin lock, use them. They are always the first set of defenses in case someone steals your phone. We love biometric protection (fingerprint lock or face recognition locking system). The reason is simple. You need not touch the screen of your phone. Smudges on the screen of your phone can quickly reveal patterns and pins.
That’s pretty much everything you need to do to protect your new mobile phone or an old smartphone. If you can find additional security features for your phone, do not hesitate to use them!