In many economically depressed places – both at home and abroad – the iPhone is nearly worth its weight in gold. Yes, stolen iPhones are big business, as they can net petty criminals a handsome sum for their technology as well as their iconic status. But to most people who ever have found themselves dealing with the reality of a lost or stolen iPhone, the real loss often has to do with the data on the device rather than its overall monetary value.
Smartphones are mini computers, and more and more people are using them to store their most vital info, such as financial data, as well their most personal content, such as family photos. It’s for these reasons that a lost or stolen iPhone can often be considered irreplaceable. That’s why it’s important for iPhone owners everywhere to take the necessary precautions to minimize risk of theft and loss.
Install comprehensive backups
This may sound like a time-consuming and complicated process to those less tech-savvy iPhone owners out there. But the good news is that, thanks to the cloud, modern data backup for smartphones is easier and quicker than ever. The iPhone comes with a feature called iCloud, which can be enabled in order to automatically backup all vital data on the device. To turn on iCloud, simply go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and storage. More detailed instructions can be found here.
Install security apps
Anyone who has ever dealt with the police regarding a stolen electronic device knows there isn’t a whole lot that law enforcement can do without something concrete to go on. This is where modern mobile apps come in handy again. There are a number of cutting edge security apps available for iPhone that are geared to helping folks recover their stolen handheld swiftly. Many of these apps include complex digital locking systems, GPS tracking, full data wipes, alarms and even photo enabling that will automatically snap a photo of any perp using the iPhone with the unit’s built-in camera.
Lock the iPhone
The best way to prevent vital iPhone data from getting into the wrong hands is to keep the unit locked. This may seem inconvenient to those who may hate the idea of entering an unlock code every time they wish to use their iPhone, but it is a tiny price to pay for overall piece of mind.
Buy traveler’s insurance
Those planning a big vacation to some far-flung foreign locale are likely in store for a great time – and risk of petty theft. As mentioned above, pickpockets and purse-snatchers love iPhones for the money they can fetch on the open market. That’s where traveler’s insurance comes in. And with the sheer amount of affordable travel-insurance options out there, there’s no reason for vacationers not to take advantage and cover their iPhone.
By adhering to these simply guidelines, iPhone owners may not completely eliminate the risk of theft or loss of their handheld, but they can ensure full data protection and likely recovery of the stolen unit.
Thanks to Scott Johnson who writes tech and gadget articles for a variety of clients such as Protect Your Bubble insurance brand.