Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 12, 2013
Cell phones have become an essential part of life and living without them due to loss or damage seems unthinkable. The following “Cell Phone Protection Guide” will dramatically reduce the likelihood of damage and greatly increase the chances of recovering a lost phone.
SECURING DATA - Losing the data stored on a cell phone can be more disastrous and costly than the lost phone itself.
1. Backup, backup, backup. Data can be backed up on portable hard drives, copied on home desktop computers or stored with a verified encrypted cloud based backup service which can then be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection. The important point here is that data should be backed up and backed up often.
2. To prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data, devices that have the ability to encrypt data should have that capability turned on. In some cases both the device and the data card can be encrypted.
3. Password protection should be enabled for not only the phone but also for Internet access, e-mail, voice-mail and address books. Passwords should not be stored on the device and auto-fill functions should be disabled.
4. Any remote capabilities should be turned off when not in use.
THE SPYWARE THREAT – Spyware, malware and viruses are getting more sophisticated and malicious all the time. An ounce of prevention is worth much more than a pound of cure in this area.
1. Beware of suspicious applications and links. Devices that have the capability to prevent installing “non-market” apps should have that capability activated.
2. Only trustworthy anti-virus software should be installed. Some fake anti-virus programs actually contain viruses.
3. Extreme caution should be exercised while accessing wifi hotspots.
PREVENTING PHYSICAL DAMAGE - Spills and being dropped are two of the most common causes of physical damage to cell phones.
1. Water damage can be avoided by taking extra care anywhere near water. Damage typically occurs during rain storms, from spills while dining and when phones are taken into the bathroom. Waterproof cases are available and in a pinch a sealed plastic bag may not look classy but will be effective.
2. Storing cell phones in clothes pockets leaves them vulnerable to damage when sitting down and can lead to disastrous encounters with washing machines. Cell phones should be kept in a shockproof case instead of a pocket whenever possible, which will also help prevent damage when (not if) they are dropped.
3. Extreme temperatures damage digital equipment and should be avoided. Think parked car in the hot sun or on a cold icy ski run.
4. Turning on a wet phone can cause it to short out and result in permanent damage. Wet phones should have the batteries removed immediately and be allowed to air dry completely before being turned on. Even a humid bathroom can be too much moisture.
PROTECTION FROM LOSS - With 285 million mobile phones in use in the United States, the number of phones that go missing each year is about 30 million, according to Nashville-based insurance provider Asurion.
A 2011 Ponemon Institute study reveals that of the 142,706 smart phones lost or missing in their benchmark sample of large corporations and institutions, only 9,298 (or 7 percent) were recovered. The problem is not that lost cell phones are never found; they almost always get found by someone. The problem is that most likely the finder has no way to contact the owner and they remain lost.
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