5 Ways to Keep Your Mobile Phone Safe
by Sarah Orrill
Today most people rely on their mobile phone to keep in touch with friends and family. Whether you’re shopping online, managing your bank account or simply calling, texting and tweeting, if you lose your phone it can feel like you’re cut off from your world and the people in it.
With the value of Smartphones rapidly rising, they are also increasingly attractive to thieves; and not just for the price of the handset itself, but the potential access to your personal information.
Having your phone stolen doesn’t just mean that you have the expense of replacing your phone or that you cannot contact your friends or family. It also means that a thief could run up a large phone bill and have access to your personal data that could put you at risk from identity fraud.
In order to help you keep your mobile phone safe at all times, we’ve put together these five simple tips to help you stay vigilant. For added protection you might also want to consider purchasing mobile phone insurance.
As well as providing worldwide cover for loss, theft, malicious damage, accidental damage and breakdown CPP Phonesafe mobile phone insurance also includes up to £1,000 cover for unauthorised calls from your phone – to protect you from paying for calls / texts made by a thief.
Top 5 Mobile Safety Tips
For many people their mobile phone is their connection to the world around them, whether it’s for work and business or friends and family. To help protect your mobile phone from theft here’re some top tips.
1. Make sure your PIN is turned on so your phone is locked
It’s a simple mistake than many people make. But by just ensuring that your PIN is turned on, you can help prevent others accessing your phone. Facebook pranks aside, anyone could access your online accounts or make countless calls which could leave you out of pocket.
2. Be wary about where you use your phone
If you’re using your phone in public, whether in a bar or on the street there are always opportunistic thieves about. So always be aware of your surroundings.
3. Ensure your security settings are set up and turned on
Smartphones offer a wide range of clever security settings, so be sure to take the time to set them up properly. These can range from the number of password attempts allowed before the device is locked to data encryption, regularly clearing memory to locking down Bluetooth and whether the device should automatically lock on holstering.
And, most importantly, don't fall into the trap of saving usernames and passwords in your mobile device's browser; anyone who unlocks your phone could then have access to all of your online accounts.
4. Keep your phone out of sight
When you are not using your phone it’s always best to keep it out of sight. As they say, “out of sight, out of mind” and the last thing you want is your expensive phone to be on the mind of a potential thief. Keep it safely stashed away inside a bag or pocket and not on display, especially if it’s the latest ‘must have’ Smartphone.
5. Don't leave your phone in the car
Leaving your expensive phone on display on a car passenger seat is a tempting invitation for thieves to smash a windscreen in order to obtain it.
These are just a few of the things you can do to help keep your mobile phone safe. However, if have the latest handset and would like complete peace of mind, be sure to learn more about our mobile cover. This means if you should ever damage your phone or it’s stolen you won’t have to be without your phone for long and could help you avoid being out of pocket.
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