How to Protect Your Tech at Home
Smart phones, security systems, and tablets are something many people use multiple times per day. Unfortunately, damage from water or drops, losing your phone, or having it lost or stolen can cost you a lot of money. In a single minute, over 100 smart phones are lost or stolen in the USA. In addition, nearly half of smartphone users will at some point drop and damage their phone, causing something such as a cracked screen or water damage. For these reasons, it's important to do all you can to keep your smart devices safe and protected.
You likely have insurance on your car and home, and it's a good idea to have it on your new smartphone as well. This can save you hundreds of dollars if something were to happen to your phone. Whether you drop it and the screen shatters on the sidewalk, or you leave it at the restaurant you had lunch at and it's stolen, paying a small monthly fee for insurance can help give you peace of mind that you are covered, even if something bad were to happen.
Protection from Drops and Water
Chances are, at some point your phone is going to get dropped. If it isn't by you, it might be your family member, child, or friend. Unfortunately, your phone isn't likely going to stand up well to a drop onto a hard surface. The screen is likely to crack or shatter. There are some things you can do to help protect your phone from this. Things like iPhone screen protectors can offer your screen a bit of protection, reducing the likelihood that it is damaged when it is dropped. Cases can also help prevent damage during a drop as well, and some can protect from water.
Proper Passcodes and Passwords
Many smartphones and tablets allow you to lock your phone with a fingerprint or facial recognition. This is a great form of security, as only you will be able to unlock your phone. However, most devices will have a backup method in case the biometric attempt fails. This is why you should have a pass code or password set up just in case.
Many people make the mistake of choosing passcodes and passwords that are easy to guess, whether by friends or complete strangers. Choosing "0000" or "1234", for example, are some of the most commonly used passcodes, and of course, lead you susceptible to hacking if someone was to get a hold of your phone. Many people like to use easy to remember passwords, like a birth date or anniversary. However, those close to you may be able to guess that easily. It's still best to choose a passcode that no one will be able to guess. The same is true for online passwords. Many computers and smartphones will generate a password for you, that has random letters, numbers, and symbols. This makes them nearly impossible to guess.
Update Your Devices
Software updates offer advantages such as new features and glitch fixes, but the another benefit some people may not realize is that updates often come with updated security measures. These security measures can help your phone stand up to virtual attacks, helping keep your data safe. Try to keep your phone up to date when an update is released. It's best to update overnight, or during a time where you won't need your device for a while. It can take a while to update, and you will not have access to your device while it is installing. Keep that in mind when you schedule the install.
It's a good idea to protect your phone in every way. Insurance is a good bet for just about anybody, but it's best to take additional steps to prevent issues in the first place. A case and screen protector can help protect your phone in case of a drop. A secure passcode is an important key to preventing someone from gaining access to your phone. Finally, keep your phone up to date by downloading and installing updates whenever they are released.