Technology has become a vital part of our daily lives. We use it for everything from socialising with our friends to contacting our business colleagues. The average person typically has at least three different pieces of tech that they carry around with them on a daily basis. But, hardly anyone ever bothers to protect their technology. It seems absurd when you’re carrying around close to two thousand dollars in gadgets. Not to mention the personal info you might be storing on each device. Here are the steps we recommend you take when protecting your tech.
Step 1: Use Passwords And Even Some Encryptions
We know that many people don’t bother with locks on their phones or their tablets. It just makes them more annoying to access quickly. But, you should always keep locks on your pieces of tech, particularly if you are storing information on them. A criminal can get a lot done just by having access to your browser history, your name and your contact list. You wouldn’t believe the amount of information that is stored on your laptop, without you even realising it. Unless you know how to erase it, every password that you have ever used on your computer is stored on your hard drive.
Step 2: Permanent Delete
If you have a laptop, you may think that to delete files all you need to do is click delete. It ends up in the recycling bin and that is eventually emptied so the file is gone for good right? Wrong, again the file still exists in a hidden folder on your hard drive. People fuss all the time about deleted files. But unless you have used a permanent delete programme the file exists, completely hidden but easily accessed. This can be problematic if you have deleted sensitive information that is still on your computer when you recycle it.
Step 3: Protective Covers
Laptops, tablets and phones, in particular, are not as sturdy as they look. Without a good case, one drop can make them completely unusable. It can seem like the luck of the draw as well. You might see an Iphone 6 drop from around two metres on a hardwood floor and have no damage. Another could shatter into a million pieces. There is no way to tell which is going to happen so you should use an Iphone 6 case. The same goes for laptops and tablets. Remember, if the seller things you have been responsible for damaging your tech, your warranty is void.
Step 4: Track It
The most famous form of tracking is probably the track my phone app. This can be used for any Apple device and it is particularly handy when you have lost your phone. You can use the app to get the phone to send out a noise or single to alert you of it’s where abouts. What you may not know is that you can set up the same type of service on almost any modern laptop. That way, you’ll always be able to locate a missing device.
We hope you take this advice on board. Remember, it’s not just about protecting your financial assets. It’s about keeping your personal information safe.