Look around you and you’ll see that most people do own gadgets today but they are almost used like cars. Apparently, little thought goes into ”taking care” of these purchases – especially smaller, but smarter devices such as smartphones.
We won’t be surprised if people use smartphones in full-battery consumption mode: LED screens at full-brightness levels, more than 7 applications running at the same time, notifications on, and all of this while on the move. You invariably make the battery work more, risk your phone being dropped, and make it more vulnerable to being stolen.
Here are a few tips on how to make your Smartphone usage safe and long lasting:
Don’t go to bed with your iPhone
Thanks to smartphones, twiddling thumbs with the smartphone is almost always the first and the last thing you’d do moments after waking up and before going to sleep. This makes you more addicted to your smartphones. Another issue is that this habit also complicates your sleep patterns (just knowing that the phone’s nearby, and while your brain subconsciously waits for that all-important message, email, or notification).
Bob Greene of CNN takes on this issue in his post “Don’t sleep with your smart phone nearby”. He alludes to things people do. They wake up in the middle of the night with the intent on “checking on someone”. When talking to someone, they pull out a phone in the middle of a conversation. Lastly, you may notice that when you get together with a large group that everyone is staring at phone screens instead of looking at each other.
It’s an addiction. It’s a new form of information overload; and it’s certainly something you need to “plug” out of.
Get minimalistic with apps
With more than a million apps (on Apple App store, Google Play, and Windows), there’s more out there than you can stomach. Obviously, you don’t need all the apps out there. Further, for every utility category, there are just so many apps that you don’t need. Oh yes, your phone comes with a healthy RAM to allow you to multi-task and there’s probably enough storage for you to store away your files to the point of sinning.
Yet, there’s an appeal to minimalism. Running too many apps drains your battery. Use the “assistive touch” mode to find the “multitasking” function and shut down your apps after usage. Also, only download and use one app for a said purpose.
Smartphone needs smart insurance
You might have realized before you hit this part of the post already that smartphones – at least the top-end, high performance types – are almost (if not more) expensive than average, everyday laptops. You’d be paying top dollar whether you buy your smartphone off a contract or pick an unlocked version off the shelf. If you’ve paid through your nose for the phone, you’d pay a lot more if the phone gets stolen, lost, or damaged. To make sure that you protect your purchase, it only makes sense for you to insure your smart phone against these possible risks.
Lock it. Secure it. Keep it all tight
You’d lock up your house and lock your car. Somehow, people tend to let their guard down when it comes to electronic gadgets such as smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Smart phone security is a matter of minutes. Pull out your iPhone, for instance, and set up the 4-digit PIN code to lock the phone from easy access (android users have similar options too). Avoid buying jail-broken phones because you break security features that way. Get choosy about which applications you give permissions to.
Mobile device management software is incredibly important, as a poorly managed phone may result in stolen or lost files. It can also result in someone else gaining access to your personal text messages, photos, or passwords. The latter scenario is fairly rare, but it is still important to be protected at all times. It is not incredibly difficult to maintain the security of a mobile phone, but it is simultaneously just as easy to forget to maintain your mobile device and get stuck with a nasty virus. Dedicating just a few minutes a day to checking up on your phone’s status via antivirus software can make all the difference.
Download bulletproof security software for your phones
Good security is your first line of defense. As long as your smart phones connect to the web, there’s a possibility of risk of virus and malware. Most people don’t get it until it happens. Brent Rose of PCworld.com has a detailed post on Smart phone security for both iPhone and Android devices. Download anti-virus for your smartphone. By the way, the iOS devices aren’t as much as vaults as you’d like think.
If it’s an app, it has to come from reputed stores
Trust no one. Pay attention. Exercise care as to where you download your apps. The Apple App store and Google Play are reputed app repositories that you can trust with your life (although nothing is forever safe). Carry your smart phone with you all times, don’t let anyone mess with your phone, and certainly don’t store financial information on iOS notes (We know some people who do just that). Sync your contacts and notes with the iCloud (not matter how fickle it turns out to be).
If it’s anything financial, it stays on big browsers
You can work and live on the browser. You can shop online and purchase goods online. eCommerce is safe enough. Nothing, however, can be as safe as you’d like. Mobile phones are great devices to help you achieve a lot while on the move. Even for everyday banking such as checking for balances is possible through smartphones. Banks go an extra mile to ensure security while you transact through the mobile.
As far as “accessing” data or consuming it online (be it through your laptop or your browser) is concerned, it’s all right. The issue with the smart phones is the possible risk of losing it or someone stealing it while all this data resides on your phone. If you have an iPhone, you could find a way to erase this data in the eventuality that it’s stolen.
It’s only sensible that you protect assets that you’d spend a fortune on. Phone insurance, phone security, and altering a few usage habits go a long mile to make sure you milk smart phones for all that they are worth.
Did we miss any tips off this list? Are there tips you can offer to make your smartphone last longer and safer?
Andy Harris born and raised in Florida, He showed an early interest in technology and gadgets. Having a flair for writing, he would love to discuss about various forms of Mobile development, iOS and other updates of the smart gadget.