Students will find that a smartphone is one of the most indispensable tools that they could own. It’s one of the things that must never be left when going out of the house. Aside from allowing them to easily communicate with classmates, friends, and family, a smartphone can do a whole lot more such as take photos, surf the web, or even play games. So much information can be stored in this device that it is important to secure it.
Below are 5 easy ways that a student can do to secure their smartphone. You’ll’’ never know if your device falls in the wrong hands or gets lost so it’s best to take precautions before this happens.
Activate the screen lock
Most students simply swipe the display of their smartphone to unlock the device. While this may be convenient and allows for easy access of the phone it also exposes your personal data to other people. What if you leave your phone on the table? Other people can simply swipe on its display to browse at the contents of your device.
The first thing that needs to be done is to activate the screen lock and make sure to set it to auto lock. You could use a PIN, or a specific password to protect your device. This makes it difficult for anyone to access your data.
Get apps from official sources
Students often live on a budget and if a paid app is available for free they will almost certainly get it. The bad news though is that paid apps which are offered for free at third-party app stores often come with malware which could compromise your personal information. This is the very reason why it is best to stick to the official app stores such as the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or the Microsoft Store.
There’s always the chance that a smartphone will get lost so it is very important that the data stored in the device has a backup. There are quite a number of cloud based storage solutions available which can be used and most of them are free. Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive and iCloud are all good choices and allows for the easy synchronization of data from the smartphone to the cloud.
Attach A Note
This may not be a high tech solution but sometimes the simplest ideas work best. Try to attach a note inside the back cover of your phone indicating your name and email address. This way if ever you lose your phone the person who finds it has a way of contacting you.
Enable Remote Location, Wiping of Data
Just in case the smartphone gets lost it is always a good to have a way to locate it remotely or wipe its data. This feature is available for Android and iOS devices and it’s a must for users of both platforms to get acquainted with this feature.