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How to protect your mobile device in 2014

How to protect your mobile device in 2014

1/24/2014

If you're one of the many Americans who simply can't get enough of mobile technology, chances are that the recently passed holiday season left you with a shiny, new smartphone, tablet or device-related accessory. Once the initial thrill of your new gadget settles down - or perhaps before it does, as this can take awhile - it's key that you consider how you'll keep your mobile device and its resources safe from harm in the new year.

Put a case on it
First things first: Your new mobile device is pricey, regardless of whether you purchased it for yourself or received it as a holiday gift. As such, it's vital that you protect its physical value to the furthest extent possible. You don't want to keep your smartphone locked away and sacrifice its utility, of course, but purchasing a case is an essential method for safeguarding your device from harm - and it's a way to add a little personal style to your new gadget, too. 

Of course, tragedy can still befall your phone or slate even if you've taken all the right precautions. In instances of unpreventable damage, phone buyback options, such as those offered through ProtectCELL's device protection plans, can help ensure that you can recoup a portion of your device's value.

Know your way around the apps
But the physical hardware isn't the only aspect of your smartphone that needs protecting: It's crucial to keep the sensitive data you store on your device safe, too.

Luckily, there's an app for that - more than one, in fact. For instance, Apple enthusiasts can take advantage of the Find My iPhone app. Business Insider noted that it's free on iOS, so if you lose your iPhone or iPad, you can download it to a friend or family member's device and locate yours.

That said, apps can be your enemies just as easily as they can be your friends - especially on the Android operating system, which saw a huge number of mobile malware creations last year. Whenever you download an app, make sure it's legitimate and comes from a curated app store.

Consider the worst case scenario
As gloomy as it may sound, it's important to plan for the worst when considering how you'll protect your smartphone or tablet. Make sure that you can remotely locate and wipe the data from your device if necessary. If your device is lost or stolen, you'll be happy you indulged in a little cautious pessimism.

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