24 August, 2019
Many seniors do not take to a smartphone easily. Some feel it is difficult to learn to use while some may feel a simpler phone does the job and they don't need the hassle of complicated technology. But surely, in today’s world, friends and family would undoubtedly love it if you could use a smartphone. It is a connected world, and technology can be used to our advantage. Having a smartphone in your hand acts as a safety device and you can get in touch with loved ones in case of any difficulty, wherever they are.
Even more important is the convenience of using it for making payments, bookings, or using a voice assistant, etc. The plus points of using a smartphone far outweigh that of not using one. Numerous seniors are thriving on interactions across multiple WhatsApp groups of friends and family. Yet, there is always the concern of not being tech-savvy enough to handle a glitch or being forgetful. There is a chance you may misplace your phone somewhere or plain forget where you have kept it. There is also the possibility that someone just stole it as well. Buying a new phone is not as much a hassle as losing all contacts and setting up a new phone again. But here are a few tricks that you can use to keep your phone safe.
There are options to back up all your data to the Cloud, irrespective of which phone you use. Photos, WhatsApp conversations, etc., can be backed to Google Drive, Dropbox, or private Cloud options of the manufacturer like Mi cloud or iCloud. These can be easily found in your Settings, depending on the phone and version that you are using. Many things can be synced, including your contacts, so that even if you lose your phone, you can get all of it back. Our phones today are filled with wonderful memories of family gatherings, grandkids, old friends reconnected, and more and you definitely don't want to lose anything.
Use a Lock Screen option
One may think that it is easier to use a phone with just a swipe rather than Lock the screen. However, it is always better to put a Lock Screen password for your phone. Many apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc., and your email is auto-logged in on the phone. So, if you lose your phone or someone has stolen it, one swipe will provide them with all access. This can be extremely dangerous, as there is a possibility that even they get access to your bank accounts.
In Android, under Settings, you will find an option Lock Screen and Password. There are multiple options like fingerprint, face data, password, screen lock, etc. Use what is comfortable for you, like a PIN or a simple pattern, to ensure that someone else cannot use your phone comfortably. In iOS, this option can be found in Touch ID and Passcode or Face ID and Passcode.
Track your phone
Almost all phones, especially Android and iOS phones, come with a feature to track your phone. There is an option in Settings in Android phones, under Security to turn on 'Find Device'. You could also use the Google option under which you will again find the Security tab, in which you will find “Find My Device” and turn it to “On.” In iOS, this will be listed as the Find my iPhone option.
In the case of Google, you can log into your Google account from any device and track your phone if it has been lost, misplaced, or even stolen. However, as is the rule of law, one should always report the same to the police and the SIM/Telecom provider and provide them with the tracking details rather than track the thief oneself. In case it is misplaced at a nearby store or within your apartment complex, perhaps, you could try and hunt down your phone. If it is a theft, you could even erase all data from the phone so that the thief cannot do any unwanted activities with it.
These are just a few options that can be used to stay safe and be smart against losing a phone. But as we all know, no one plans for it or believes it will happen. But then, it is quite possible that someone just snatched the phone when you are out for a walk as well. So, it is always better to be safe than be sorry.
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