Has this ever happened to you? You reach your purse or pocket to retrieve your expensive and stylish communication device and it’s simply not there.
That is usually the moment people panic and become restless trying to find their phones. While some are lucky to find them after a quick search, others may have to make peace with one of the two possibilities: your phone is simply lost or misplaced and you will find it soon, or, it has been stolen.
Phones don’t just carry an extensive contact list and private photos. The smart phones today carry sensitive personal and financial information which may compromise your privacy or financial integrity if stolen. That is why locking phones in case they go missing is of utmost importance. Here are some easy tips you can use to secure your Android and iPhone devices.
Locking the Device Remotely
To begin with, make sure ‘Find My iPhone’ and ‘Device Manager’ are installed on your iPhone or Android, and are up to date and running. The main function of both the apps is to pinpoint the exact location of the phone. But other than that, they can also remotely lock the phone, and erase all your private data. Make sure that you enable the apps as soon as you install them.
Set the Phone to Wake Only with a Passcode
Most people actually choose not to use this feature. It is generally believed that using a passcode to access the phone is bothersome and takes too much time. To a certain level, they might be right, but you have to realize that the passcode exists to protect your privacy. If you don’t like to use a passcode to access your phone each and every time, then you can set a sleep timer. Enable your phone to lock automatically, if you haven’t used it for, let’s say, five to ten minutes. This way, if you lose the phone, it won’t wake without a passcode.
Hiding Locked Screen Notifications
This tip focuses more on protecting your privacy. While intruders won’t be able to access the content within, they might still be able to read your personal messages and notifications that pop on the screen. This feature was designed for your convenience, but in the wrong hands, it can be used to intrude your privacy. You can easily disable this feature on Android, but with iPhones, you might find this task a little bothersome because you have to disable the notifications on all the apps individually.