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4 keys to keeping your mobile phone safe

4 keys to keeping your mobile phone safe

5/15/2014

There are many benefits to purchasing a new smartphone: better service, longer battery life, greater functionality, more appealing aesthetics and much more. However, there is one big downside - you're likely going to worry quite a bit about the new device. After all, you've probably spent a fair amount of money on the gadget, and you'd hate to see anything to happen it so soon after getting it in your hands for the first time.

"Threats to consumer property and identity continue to increase as technology becomes more a part of our daily lives," says ProtectCELL CMO Scott McLaren. "Proper safeguards for our devices and data are crucial to protect everything from the investment of a smartphone to our important personal information."

Despite these potential pitfalls, piece of mind can be achieved in a few simple steps. Follow these best practices to keep your mobile phone safe and secure.

1. Password protect your device
It may be tempting to skip this step, but password protection is critical for securing your phone and the information it contains. Every smartphone should come with the option to create either a password or PIN code which must be entered every time you activate the device. If someone tries to use your mobile phone without the correct password or PIN, he or she simply won't be able to get past the first screen.

While a PIN or password does not physically protect your mobile phone, it does make sure that your data remains safe. Without this security, anyone who finds or steals your phone could gain access to personal information that can then be used for fraud or identity theft. This person could also install malware that lets them see exactly how you use the phone once it is returned to you, revealing bank accounts, passwords and other information you input.

Microsoft recommends choosing a PIN or password that is difficult to guess - no birth dates, names or other obvious options. Additionally, the source advised smartphones owners to activate the feature that erases the phone's hard drive if someone enters the wrong PIN or password too many times.

2. Don't connect automatically
You have the option to enable automatic WiFi and Bluetooth connections on your smartphone, but you should not utilize this feature, according to U.S. News & World Report. The problem with connecting automatically is that an unknown connection may not be secure. If your phone jumps onto such a network, cybercriminals may gain access to your phone and its contents. You may also transmit data without knowing it, even without an external attacker. Connect only to known networks and you'll be much safer.

3. Handle with care
Smartphones are major targets for pickpockets and thieves. These devices are expensive, easy to transport and quick to sell. To avoid becoming a target for these criminals, you need to handle your phone with care, as CNET emphasized. For example, the source recommended always using a strong, claw-like grip when using your phone in public. This not only makes it harder to pull the phone from your hands, but also deters potential thieves. CNET also advised smartphone owners to keep these gadgets in inside pockets, ideally those with zippers or buttons. This precaution will make the device less convenient for you to reach, but the same is also true for potential pickpockets, and that layer of protection is worth the slight hindrance.

4. Purchase insurance
Finally, to make sure that your new smartphone is fully protected, you should immediately invest in a high-quality phone insurance policy, such as those offered by ProtectCELL. ProtectCELL's plans begin as low as $29.99 and offer complete protection for your smartphone. If you rely on the retailer's warranty, you may find yourself without coverage when your phone is lost, stolen or destroyed. To protect your investment, you need a more comprehensive insurance plan.

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