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Guide To Protecting Your Smartphone

Smartphones have quickly become one of the most commonly used electronic devices of all time. Just about everyone in the United States uses some form of smartphone. Your smartphone can contain anything from private emails and pictures to financial and health information. Because of the growing popularity of these phones, protecting a smartphone has become more important than ever before. Fortunately, there are ways you can make sure that you keep your phone and the data it contains safe from the eyes of someone who might steal it or use it to commit a crime. By following a few tips, you can ensure your smartphone stays intact and that the information on it is protected.

Security and Data Protection

The data that is held on a smartphone can be personal and very crucial to someone's identity. Hackers and thieves can "tap into" your phone and try to steal precious data, using it for their own advantage. The first thing someone should do is password protect their phone. This means that in order to gain access, users must enter a code or PIN number in order for the phone to be unlocked or used. If the wrong code is entered, entry is denied. Some newer models also have an option to request a fingerprint scan in order for the phone to be unlocked, and it will only recognize the phone owner's fingerprint. It is also a good idea to send data, emails, or other information to a cloud or to another computer in case the phone gets lost or stolen. This way, you still have access to important information from other sources and it will not be lost forever. It is never a good idea to have your smartphone save passwords for login purposes on any app or website. If you do, a thief can easily gain access to things like your bank account and email. Install an app with tracking software that can help you locate your phone in the event it does come up missing, which is designed to help police find your phone.

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Damage Protection

Of course, dropping or breaking your smartphone can be just as detrimental as if someone were to steal data from your phone. There are plenty of high quality products on the market today that allow you to keep your physical phone safe from damage. Screen protectors are clear plastic film that go on the front of your phone, and are designed to keep the face of the phone from being scratched or damaged. Get a good, high quality case so that if you drop your phone, it will not crack or break. Some cases are made of hard plastic, while others can be made from heavy duty rubber or metal. Make sure the case fits your model of phone snugly and will protect it in the event that you drop it. Read user reviews online before making a purchase decision so you know which case will suit your needs best. The good news is that today's cases come in a wide variety of colors and designs to suit anyone's personal taste. Keep your screen clean so it's easy to use and to see. When traveling or commuting, make sure your smartphone is securely fastened or stowed in a bag where it cannot fall out. Also, be sure to protect your phone from water damage. If you're at the beach or near the pool, make sure you are vigilant in ensuring it stays dry and away from water. Water damage is a common reason many smartphones become unusable. You can opt for a phone insurance plan for your wireless carrier, which can cover some instances of damage.

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