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The best tips for thieves not to get your phone

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Do not let this happen to you.

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That feeling of panic and despair that hits you in the bowels and takes your breath away the moment you realize that your phone is missing. It is awful. It consumes you. In a world divided between the owners of Android and those of iPhone, this common terror is sometimes the only thing that unites the two sides owning phones.

Telephones are an attractive target for thieves or for opportunists who are lucky and find a device abandoned by a careless owner. The small and portable nature of a phone makes it easy to hide, unlike larger electronic devices, such as a laptop or stereo. If someone can unlock your device, they can find a lot of information to explode before selling the phone. Otherwise, the phones can be stripped of valuable parts used to restore other phones and then be sold for hundreds of dollars in profits.

So, it's worth asking yourself: is your phone really as safe as it could be? We have compiled this list of practical checks to prevent your phone from being lost, as well as some specific products and tools that can help keep your phone in your rite. As always, we will tell you what to do if your Android or iPhone disappears. Good luck, and stay alert.

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Forgot your phone at home? Beware of that.

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First thing's first

  • If you don't have a password, fingerprint or face scanner, do that immediately.
  • Make sure it's activated Find My Device on Android or Find my Phone on iOS.
  • Set up backup copies on your iPhone or Android phone so you don't lose your data.
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Make sure you are always aware of your phone.

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Take the security of your phone to another level

  • Wear aPopSocket, a bracelet for a phone cover or cover it, especially what makes your phone always stay with you.
  • If you are traveling in a country or city known for constant theft, you can hide your phone in a scarf of this type, which you can find in retailers such as Amazon.
  • Invest in a Bluetooth tracker like the ones in Tileque can alert you and ring your phone when you press a button
  • Includes a velcro accessory so you can quickly place your phone in a difficult place to reach
  • Set up IFTTT for your Amazon Echo or Google Assistant to increase the volume of your phone and then call it if you can't find it at home.
  • When you hear walking directions, save the phone and listen to the headphones so that you look confident instead of looking like you're lost.
  • If you have a Apple watch or an Android smartwatch, you can monitor notifications and send quick responses even if your phone is still in your pocket.
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Practical tips that may be obvious, but they are not

This may seem simple, but see how often you do the following:

  • Use a basic case to hide an expensive phone, not an elegant one that shows that your phone costs $ 1,000.
  • Take a guard posture that keeps your hand on your phone, tucked under one leg, etc. at all times.
  • Never leave the phone outdoors while walking away, not even for a minute, even if you are watching it. Use a sweater, a bottle of water or, literally, anything else to set that table aside while placing an order.
  • Remember that someone can take your phone from your hand, hinder access while using it, especially on a train or in a crowded space.
  • Keep your phone in the same place to make it more likely that you will feel the difference if someone takes it from you. Move the phone from your pants pocket to the inside pocket of your jacket, bag or bag when you're not using it, if only for a few minutes: the harder it is to find, the harder it is to steal it.
  • If your phone is in a back pocket, leave your shirt unbuttoned to cover it and use vibrate for your notifications so that it periodically reminds you that it is there.
  • Pay attention when people approach you on the street for instructions, requests, surveys, etc.
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What to do when you can't find your Android phone or iPhone flat?

one. Do not panic. Maybe your phone has slipped into the cushions of your chair or you forgot it in the bathroom or why not? accidentally left under the pillows of your bed.

2. Use your tools Run to your laptop or other device that you have on hand and find your phone using Apple's Find my Phone (which will soon be called simply Find My) or Find my Device on Android.

Read here how to use Find My Device to find a lost Android. Or watch this video about how to use Find My Phone to find your iPhone.

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