Your phone might have been a little of everything for you; your album, web connector, diary and bank account all rolled into one convenient small computer. Unfortunately, whether you’re on the bus or in your car, an enterprising thief can snatch it from your hands anytime, turning all that convenience into a great risk. After all, it will just take a tap for him/her to access all your personal information including your bank accounts, emails, and PIN numbers. In the year ending June 2015, there were 442, 000 thefts in the UK, 47% of which were stealth thefts. So what will you do if you lost your gadget? Here are some simple things that you can do to protect your data and help you recover your phone; eventually saving you lots of money.
Contact your provider
Contacting your provider is one of the most important things you need to do if your high-end phone gets stolen. The provider will immediately deactivate your phone, stopping anyone else from resetting it and slapping in a new SIM card. Otherwise, you would have to cover heavy bills if the thief runs calls up until the time you report the theft. Save yourself the turmoil and call your providers immediately.
Call the police
If you happen to lose your phone, the next step is to immediately call the police. The police cannot really help you trace your phone unless you give them more precise information such as the IMEI number which you will get from your provider. However, it is still important to give them a visit as you will need the crime reference number. You will need this number if you have an insurance cover to be claimed. Alternatively, if you want to avoid the hustle of visiting, give them a call by dialling 101.
Prevent access to personal information by using applications
The greatest risk you face when you lose your phone is important personal data falling into the wrong hands. We’re talking about your emails, bank accounts, and PIN numbers. Therefore, ensure you keep this information safe by preventing the thief from accessing it. Do this by visiting the web and see if you can access any app that will allow you to log out of your accounts or revoke tokens. And, if you operate on a pay-as-you-go deal, do not forget to de-register your mobile device.
Make good use of all the apps available for tracking smartphones that have been lost. These apps use the satellite locating function to easily pinpoint phones locations. For instance, you could use apps such as lookout, find my iPhone, prey and any other that you find suitable. It is important to note that these applications work best when already downloaded on the phone. Therefore, if you haven’t downloaded one, this is the time to do it.