Portable technology is now something we take for granted in our everyday lives. We need our mobile phone alarm to wake us up in the morning, an app to pre-order our morning coffee and the sat nav to plan our best route to work. You don’t realise how much you truly depend on your smartphone, tablet and laptop. Try to envision spending one day without any of them. Pretty impossible, isn’t it? Now imagine the disaster of losing one of your much-loved gadgets. Not only will you be lost without it, but you’ll be facing an abundance of privacy issues. Kit yourself out with the latest security measures and accessories for your devices and take a step towards ultimate cyber safety.
Your phone is the metaphoric key into your entire life. It keeps your work schedule in order, maintains contact numbers and even tells you when it’s going to rain. You wouldn’t leave your diary lying around in public without a lock on it, so take the same precautions with your phone too. Create a unique passcode to up the security on your phone and tablet. Many devices have a fingerprint recognition system too, which is an excellent additional security resource.
Think about the scribbles you leave lying around on scraps of paper at work or the notes you keep written down in your phone. If you write down a password anywhere you’re literally handing your personal privacy out on a plate. It can be frustrating keeping track of the abundance of passwords for different accounts, but don’t store them in the obvious place. If your phone contains a list of all your passwords get rid of them right now! If someone were to hack into your phone, not only have they got free reign of your contacts list, but they could also gain access to your banking details and other financial information. Shield your wallet by only using online banking at home over a secured Wi-Fi network too. Never log into your bank account on public transport either. You never know who might be peering over your shoulder and memorising your details.
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There are some extremely clever apps out there which are free to install on your phone or portable device. Apps such as ‘Find My Phone’ have proved to be an invaluable tool when it comes to keeping track of your portable possessions. There are also some ingenious accessories that are trackable too, such as a powerbank. This nifty contraption can charge your mobile phone on the move and also be traced via Bluetooth. If you happen to lose your phone whilst it’s charging, you’ll have double the chance of locating it with this useful accessory.
The most sensible security measure you can use is free of charge and available at all times. It’s your instincts. Even if you take all necessary precautions to password protect and meticulously track your devices, you are ultimately the one responsible for keeping your devices out of harm’s way. If you don’t need to use your phone or laptop, put it away. Don’t make yourself a target and keep your wits about you.