10 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone

Smartphones are pretty much everywhere these days. Most of us have one which we use not just for making phone calls and sending messages but as places where we store our contacts, music and photos.

We also use our smartphones as little black books containing all sorts of sensitive personal data such as login details for online banking or social media sites. Thus taking steps to protect your smartphone is vital.

The problem is that smartphones are small and highly portable and therefore easily lost or stolen. vivo s1

Smartphone thefts

A smartphone can be easily picked up from a table in a cafe or snatched out of a user’s hand. The likelihood that your smartphone will be stolen is far higher than most people think.

Once a thief has his hands on your pride and joy, he can download personal or financial data from the phone, such as banking details, press the factory reset button to erase your data and then resell it… for €500 ($600) in Europe or North America and more than $1,000 in the Far East.

At the same time, he’ll have a good shot at clearing out your bank account.

Until about a year ago, half of all thefts in the USA involved mobile devices, while over in London, 10,000 smartphones were stolen every month.

As you can see, stolen phones generate a great deal of income for the gangs that carry out these thefts. They also generate new business for the manufacturers, up to $30 billion a year in replacement phones in the USA alone.

Perhaps this explains why manufacturers were reluctant to implement kill-switches that enable all phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen or lost until prompted to do so by legislation.

Kill-switches

In most forms of technology, a kill-switch is a single command or button that can shut down a complicated system almost immediately. On a smartphone, that’s the power off command.

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