There’s a lot that can go wrong when it comes to technology, so it helps to be prepared. You could accidentally lose your phone or mobile device, drop it, or it could get stolen. In any of these scenarios, you could lose your data – or worse, someone else could access it. Luckily, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your information.
Here are a few steps that you can take to keep your data safe and secure when using a mobile device.
Secure Your Device
Make sure to keep your device secure, in case you ever lose it, and someone gains access without your permission. To do this, the most common method is setting up a passcode. Most modern smartphones and tablets will alert you to set one up automatically. It is an effective method of security with a low impact on the user experience.
You can choose to set up a pattern, a swipe gesture that only you know, or just a PIN. Pick one a that’s easy for you to remember and use it to keep your phone safe from prying eyes. (The longer the better!) Unlocking it with a PIN may take some getting used to, but it is worth it. If it truly proves difficult for you, there are other ways to unlock your phone such as fingerprint or Face ID.
Now that you have your information secured from others, make sure you’re prepared for potential accidents. An unintended deletion or even problems with the device itself might leave you missing something important. That’s why you should make sure that automatic backups are enabled. Both Android and iOS have this feature and will allow you to restore files that have been lost.
In Case of Loss
Consider using one of the many services such as the “Find My Phone” app. Using an iCloud account, you can locate your phone on a map. If you don’t think that the device is retrievable, then you have the option to wipe the data on the phone. In addition, you can lock the device, and have it display your phone number on the lock screen. This would allow others that come across your device to contact you and potentially return it.
Use 2-Factor Authentication
Lastly, one of the most important things for protecting yourself online is 2-factor authentication. This requires log-ins to be verified by a code sent by e-mail or phone to another device under your control. It adds a layer of security that prevents others from logging into your online accounts from somewhere else.