All of us would probably agree that cell phones are a great use of technology because of all of the things that they allow us to do, and the best thing is that the more our technology advances the more cell phones can do, not to mention the more information that they can hold. But what many people fail to realize is that having all of this extra information on these smart phones is actually a problem at times. The reason for this is that at times cell phones get lost and if you have secret data or personal information on the phone, all it takes is one person opening your phone and having the smarts to find the information. But the good news is that there are things that you can do to help protect your cell phone’s safety not to mention your privacy.
Here are some tips you can follow for keeping your cell phone safer and more private.
The first thing that you are going to want to do is to make sure that your cell phone is password protected. This can include numerous passwords that must be entered at different levels or you can buy software that will only allow your cell phone to unlock with your fingerprints. Pretty much what happens is that the cell phone and the information that is stored inside is protected by numerous passwords, which all must be entered at different levels. But the best thing about this feature is that once you shut the cell phone the phone automatically locks so that nothing can be retrieved in order to place a call or access information you are going to have to enter in the information.
What you need to do to prevent somebody from downloading programs to your cell phone or obtaining your confidential information without your permission you might want to consider locking your phone when you are not using it or creating a password for phone access. Something else that is nice is that you can set your phone to lock after so many minutes of non-use or as soon as you close the cover of the phone. Another option you have is installing software that allows you to remotely lock the phone if the phone is stolen or lost. Some cell phone providers may also offer remote access that will lock the phone. If you are interested in this feature then you should contact your cell phone provider directly to see what your options are.
Something else that you can do is to install software that can erase a cell phones memory, which includes all of the information that was stored on the cell phone, from a remote device, which is called a kill switch. The drawback to this is that some phones have to be on for this feature to work, while others can be on or off. But what happens is that the minute you report the phone as lost or stolen the company will activate a remote switch that will send a signal to the phone that erases all of the data so that the thief or the person who found it can not find out any important information, including business secrets.
Another thing that you want to watch out for to make sure that your cell phone is safer and more private is a fast draining battery. Usually what this means is that your phone has been infected with some type of virus through your Bluetooth connection. In order to find out how to remove viruses from your phone you are going to need to talk to your cell phone provider. But the best way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to not download anything to your phone that doesn’t come from a trusted source because in order to get a virus on a cell phone you have to actually click yes to install the document or application.