You never think it will happen to you, until it happens to you. Having anything stolen is a nightmare but with your phone, you feel like you’ve had so much more taken.
You’ve lost your contacts, your music, your photos and quite probably some confidential information too, including your bank details.
So, when it comes to protecting your privacy even when your phone’s been stolen it’s important to set up some security measures just in case the worst should happen.
These devices already come equipped with a number of features to make it hard to break into.
For a start you’ll need to either set up a strong password, rather than the four-digit option to log in or set up fingerprint touch entry. You might also consider the option that erases all your data after ten failed login attempts.
Be aware though that you won’t be able to get the data back. This is especially important to know if you have a toddler in the house who might inadvertently freeze you out with their curious fingers.
If you’re charging your phone somewhere public, chances are you’ll see notifications pop up on your screen from time to time.
These notifications can reveal a lot about you and your personal information so it’s always a good idea to prevent them appearing when your screen is locked.
If your phone is taken, then turn on lost mode and Find My Phone, which you can do remotely from another linked device such as an iPad or laptop.
You will also be able to remotely erase all your data but bear in mind this will also allow someone to turn your device back on and not allow you to use the find function any longer.
In much the same way as an iPhone, if your device is stolen, hop onto Google’s Find My Device service to track down your phone.
Or you can simply type “find my phone” into Google and providing your phone and your device are logged in with the same account, you’ll be able to see where it is and even which network it’s on.
You should also be able to make it ring at full volume and erase all your data.
Connected devices such as smart watches are also a helpful way of tracking down lost or stolen phones. Along with some apps that use your phone’s camera, in the same way retailers are able to use the leading identity verification service to correctly identify customers.
Always report your stolen phone, rather than attempt to confront a thief yourself and give them as much information as you can about where and when you last had it.
Have your data backed up so, even if you do have your device stolen, you’ll be able to transfer your settings over as soon as possible. Insuring your phone is a great idea too.
It might not be the end of the world when your phone goes missing but it sure feels like it, so make sure you minimize your loss and find an inside pocket to put it in.