Most of us are so dependent on our smart phones that we would be absolutely lost without them. I use mine as an always-ready camera, calendar, to-do list keeper, calorie counter/food tracker, music player, weather station, news reader, message center, social media updater...and, oh yes, as a phone for my business line and for home.
So I was incredibly glad that I had Find My iPhone on mine when it was stolen the other day. With the help of the police, I was able to get it back within 24 hours.
It allowed me to not only track the phone, but to lock it so the thief couldn't use it. And my wallpaper is a picture of my kids; the app cleared my screen and put a message on it saying "This phone has been stolen. Please call (my husband's number)." It just made me feel better knowing they weren't looking at a photo of my sweeties!
These apps work if your phone is simply lost, too. Even if it's lost right in your house, you can prompt it to play a sound from these apps so you can follow the beep.
Here are some other tips to keep your phone safe:
Always have it on your person, in a pocket or purse. Never put it in your coat pocket (that's how mine was stolen).
Know your provider's customer service number so you can call and suspend service immediately.
Have your phone locked with a passcode. Yes, it's a pain in the neck to type in all the time, but it keeps thieves from snooping through your photos, banking app, contacts etc. With all the information we keep on our phones, keeping them secure is worth a little time.
Don't walk and talk. "Apple picking" is a common crime in some urban areas, where a thief will approach someone who is talking or texting on their phone while walking and just snatch it right out of their hands. If you're not paying attention to your surroundings, you're a target.
What do you do to keep your phone safe?