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Protecting your Smartphone/Tablet

Protecting your Smartphone/Tablet

Date Written: 6/19/14

In today’s world, smartphones and tablets are a huge part of our lives. We use them on a daily basis for both business and personal use. They store sensitive data, passwords, and access to important accounts. This is why it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your smartphone or tablet as much as possible.

The first step to preventing your device from getting lost or stolen is to be smart when using it. Don’t leave your device unattended or out of eyesight. This means don’t leave it on a table and walk away and don’t leave it in your vehicle. Another easy step to securing your device is to use a screen lock. With iOS you are able to lock the screen with a pin. To access the device, you’ll need to enter the pin. With Android, you typically have some more options for locking the screen. Some options for Android include a pin number, alpha-numeric password, drawing a pattern, and facial recognition. Newer devices such as the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5 also allow for fingerprint scanning.

If something were to happen to your device and it gets lost or stolen, there are measures you can take to protect yourself. With both iOS and Android, there are ways to secure your data, attempt to find the device, and even erase your data.

iOS: iPhone and iPad users can use Apple’s Find My Phone app to track where your device is. You can also put your device in Lost Mode which will lock the screen and you can even erase your data from the device. The Find My Phone app is available in the App Store.

Android: Google’s Android Device Manager can help you find a lost smartphone or tablet. Then you can have the device ring loudly so you can try to find it. You can also lock the device or erase the data. The Android Device Manager app can be downloaded from the Play Store.
There are also a number of third party apps available that offer additional features to help you find and protect your device.