How do you protect your Smartphone

How do you protect your Smartphone

by Abhilash Patel

Protect Your Smartphone from a Virus or Attack

You probably already know how important it is to protect your Smartphone from viruses. Protect your Smartphone with anti-virus software. Your phone’s app store may offer free anti-virus software.

  1. Put a PIN or password on your Smartphone  and keep it locked when it’s not in use. Your phone may also have a lock pattern feature or facial-recognition lock.
  2. Stay away from suspicious websites when browsing the Internet on your phone. Viruses can be installed on your phone through malicious websites.
  3. Encrypt the files and data stored on the phone.
  4. Avoid connecting your phone to unsecured wireless networks. These networks don’t need a password to join, so anyone can connect to your device and infect it with a virus without you knowing about it.
  5. Download an app or document only if it comes from a trustworthy source, such as your phone’s app store. Downloading apps from third-party websites may put your phone at risk.

protect_smartphone

Use a pass code:

All Smartphone’s let you lock it with a PIN code, password, pattern or bio metrics login (such as your fingertip) to confirm it’s really you. As long as you lock your device in some fashion, no one else can access your information should your device be lost or stolen. A finger or thumbprint scan is most convenient if your device offers it.

Don’t be gullible

Immediately delete suspicious text messages from people you don’t know, don’t click on any embedded web links or call any unknown phone numbers. Scammers and spammers are increasingly targeting Smartphone users, be it through text messages, emails or even phone calls pretending to be who they’re not. This could lead to them locking your device and extorting money from you to unlock it (“ransom ware”).

Rooting your phone

One increasingly popular practice among Android users is “rooting” a phone. This essentially involves modifying the file system to allow users access to read-only files and parts of the operating system that the manufacturer or service provider don’t want you to change. Some of the advantages of rooting a phone include the ability to change or remove read-only applications that you don’t want to use, change the boot screen, back up the entire system, run specialized applications and install custom user interfaces and alternative versions of the OS. Rooting is usually only done by “experts”, who should therefore be aware of the potential dangers, but if someone offers to root a phone for you while citing the benefits, it’s important to be aware of the security risks as well.

smart-android-security-protect-smartphone-770x430

A few other tips:

  1. Always backup your phone’s info (in case it becomes lost, stolen, or damaged) via a computer, the cloud, or (if offered), a removable memory card. Be cautious when using a free Wi-Fi hotspot as it could be a fake (“rogue”) network set up to steal your data. Finally, opt for two-step authentication with apps like Gmail, Facebook, OneDrive and so on, as it’ll require both a password and separate code to gain entry.
  2. Buy a screen protector. This is an adhesive film you apply on your phone screen to protect it from scratches.
  3. Know where your phone is and what hazards may be lurking nearby. Can a curious child or pet reach it on that table? Did you remember to retrieve it from the roof of your car where you set it while wrestling with groceries?
  4. Be cautious in the bathroom. From setting your phone on a wet vanity to dropping it in the bathtub or toilet, the risks are obvious. And avoidable. It might be best to just keep your phone out of the bathroom entirely.
  5. Watch out for those pockets. Don’t put keys and coins in the same pocket as an unprotected phone or you’ll wind up with a scratched screen. If your phone is in your back pocket, be careful not to sit on it. Check your pockets before you do laundry to avoid inadvertently washing your phone. And when you slide your phone into your pocket, look to make sure that’s what you’re really doing—and not just “sliding” it to the floor.
  6. Don’t take crazy chances. Warming your hands over a campfire invites disaster if you insist on holding your phone while you do! Same thing with holding your phone way, way out there as you snap a picture at the rim of the Grand Canyon.
  7. Get a case for your phoneand use it. Cases come in many styles, thicknesses and materials, offering varying degrees of protection if dropped or exposed to weather. The more active you are, the more rugged a case you should consider.

 

How to prevent Smartphone from physical damage

 

physical_damageThe first thought after purchasing a expensive smartphone is of its security. Protecting your  theft and physical   damage becomes a prime concern.According to some reports over 200,000 mobile phones are damaged or stolen everyday. You can never rely on the probability that your phone will never fall into this figure.

Use a Tempered glass protector for the screen:

With the improvement in technology, there are now better ways to protect your mobile screen. We have already seen screen-guards for smartphones.Screen guards just protect against scratches and are of hardly any utility when it comes to protection frmo cracks. With advent in technology we now have better ways to guard the screen-tempered glass.They are about 0.5 mm thick and a little drawback is that you will feel that extra screen when you use your phone but on the plus side there is a fair chance you will not end up with a cracked screen. In case of a fall, the glass will take up the damage and protect your screen and of course the cost of replacing tempered glass is a lot cheaper than that of replacing device’s screen.

Cover the sides with a bumper:

Use a phone cover or a bumper to protect the corners of the phone. These will make sure that if the phone well, the edges are not damaged. The covers do not do a great job of protecting the screen so a tempered glass cover in addition to a bumper will be a good safeguard. There are some very trendy bumpers and covers out there which will increase your fashion quotient along with securing your device.

Get Insurance:

This is a upcoming trend in India in mobile domain. Many high end mobile buyers brush aside insurance considering it as useless or waste of money. But I suggest of your are going for a premium model then do get a insurance. It will keep you stress free. There are some reliable companies offering comprehensive plans in this field. The quotes start from something as low as 599 per year to 2500 per year for high end phones. This covers theft, water/fluid damange, fire, burglary, accidental damage etc. Some of them offering single day replacement as well. I would say that a fair price if you cant live without your phone for even a single day.

Common SmartPhone Issues and How To Fix Them:

There are some common Smartphone issues that get in the way of enjoying your many devices

Overheating:

Smartphones will warm up from the moment you switch them on; this is unavoidable. But phone overheating can be a serious issue, damaging devices and affecting performance.

In order to prevent this problem, make sure to keep your phone out of direct sunlight. You’d be surprised how much a small black rectangle can attract unwanted heat. Also, keep the brightness down and close unused apps.

Too Much Trash:

Having a lot of apps is great for a lot of reasons. Unfortunately, it can create a lot of trash in unused folders that slows down Smartphones more than anything else. 38 percent of users complained of this problem. That’s more than a third.

If you want to make sure this problem never plagues you again, there’s a wide range of apps that take care of the entire process for you. Just download, click and you’ll have a faster phone in no time.

Not Enough Space

With people using their Smartphones as cameras more and more, there is no reason that space should be an issue at this point. But 29 percent of people experience this problem, perhaps contributing the success of Snap chat which allows for pictures to be sent without taking up memory.

Fortunately, you can totally fix this problem. Between transferring pictures to cloud-based services like Google Drive to purchasing microSD cards for added memory, you can make  your phone an endless abyss of pictures and videos.

Phone Crashes

This is actually a common issue in a lot of Smartphones. There is nothing more frustrating than looking at a completely blank phone every time to try to dial Domino’s. After all, that pizza flies off the shelves and speed is the name of the game.

Fortunately, if you are still under warranty, you can take it into a service location and get a brand new phone. Otherwise, factory resets and restarts can solve the problem easier than anything else.

Slow Response Time

Having a phone that loads slower than the first computer ever invented doesn’t really seem fair. However, 23 percent of users claimed this was one of many substantial Smartphone issues.

There are however a number of ways to make your phone’s response time a lot better. Cutting back on unneeded apps, media, and even widgets will stop your issues in their tracks.

Slow Online Speeds

Online speeds plague everyone, not just mobile users. But with more people using Smartphone than ever before, online speed is more important than ever. According to the report, South America experiences these problems more than any other continent.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do to about online issues without a stronger Wi-Fi connection or better location. There is an app or two that promises to make online speeds faster, but let’s be honest, who knows if that’ll work.

Not Enough Standby Time

The amount of time your phone can stay alive is one of the most important factors when it comes to Smartphone issues. Let’s be honest, people turn into feral beasts when their phone is circling the drain.

Fortunately, you can make your phone battery last longer. First of all, avoid all of the above issues. Overheating, too many apps and everything else contribute to low batteries and poor standby times.

water_damage 

How to fix water damaged Smartphone

Do’s and Don’ts to fix the water damaged a phone:

Do’s

  1. Immediately take the phone when it dropped in the water.
  2. Remove battery, SIM cards, memory cards and back panel.
  3. Gently wipe the phone with Cotton or the soft cloth.
  4. Dip the in the bowl of uncooked rice (or)
  5. Submerge in the water damaged the phone in isopropyl alcohol.
  6. If still the problem exists take to the service center.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t panic!
  2. Don’t Power up the phone after taken out from the water.
  3. Don’t let your phone wet phone dry in the sunlight.
  4. Don’t use the hair dryer to dry up your phone.
  5. Don’t try to remove the motherboard and other parts.

How to fix water damaged phone with rubbing alcohol

For this we are using the Isopropyl alcohol, to fix water damaged phone. This type is not going to work for all it works for some. If the rice isn’t best fix water damaged phone, All you need in this process is isopropyl Alcohol which is available in the chemist shop.

Take a container larger than phone

Take the container that’s larger and deeper than the phone size. Take the transparent container to observe the action. take a clean and tidy container without any water or moisture content in order to fix water damaged phone.

Pour the isopropyl alcohol

Then you need to pour the isopropyl alcohol in the container. submerge the phone inside the alcohol for around 20-30 Minutes.The Isopropyl alcohol removes the moisture and water content from the phone. then take the phone out from the container leave it overnight, After put your phone battery and boot your phone it will power up! this method is used to fix water damaged iPhone.

This method is considered to the fast and easy to fix your water damaged phone when it compared with rice. If even this both methods doesn’t help you to fix water damaged phone the better you take it to the Service center to get it back.

How to fix phone water damage repair with rice

Rice ! yes, you can repair water damaged phone with rice. So it is a simple and easy method to save the wet phone. Let us assume you have accidentally dropped your android phone into water, Follow the steps carefully to fix the water damaged phone to give a life for it once again.

Immediately  take the phone out of the Water

This is the first step in saving your android phone after dropped in water, take it as soon as possible. Since it is handy devices which as many minutes holes, when water enter through these pores and riches the motherboard before that you have to take your phone out. If phones stay longer in the water it gets damaged a lot even short-circuit may occur if water enters main board circuit. Your will not damaged if it taken immediately out the water.

After taken out remove all removable parts

Once you have taken out your phone from the water you need to remove battery, SIM cards, memory or SD cards, back panel, stylus…etc and place it in the tissue paper or cotton cloth or any soft piece of clothes. Recommended is tissue paper, it has high absorption rate. After that wipe your phone gently with soft cloths try to remove water in externally.

(Never ever try to power on or boot your Smartphone. It may lead to the completely ruin your phone. Because when you power it on water content in the mother reacts with electric charge caused the short-circuit.)

Dip your wet phone in the bowl of rice

After following the above guideline to fix water damaged phone or iPhone. Next step is crucial, you need to take the bowl of rice, then immerse your damaged phone in it. Leave it for around 24 hours to dry. Change the position or posture of the phone that placed in the rice every 4-6 hours for complete drying.  While this step don’t try to power up the phone.

If all is correct then your phone will be, after 24 hours power on your Smartphone. It will power on if you followed the above guidelines carefully. If it fails then try the below alternate method to fix water damaged phone.

More about water damage issue fixing….

The world suddenly freezes when you see your phone falling straight into water. Whether it’s a pool or a toilet, you just know nothing good will come out of the next few seconds. After all, that’s a high tech device that’s likely worth multiple hundred dollars, and chances are very high that it will be deemed unusable. That is, unless you have one of those awesome waterproof smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

It’s true that more and more handset makers are moving towards waterproof designs in 2016, and this trend will likely increase in 2017. Still, not all of us have the luxury of a waterproof phone and that means we need to resort to other methods. The best method for preventing water damage is to take precautions beforehand, using something like the CaliCase waterproof pouch for situations where you know you might be making contact with water. But what if it’s already too late, and you phone took an unexpected dive into the water?

Let’s start by telling you that saving a water-damaged phone is pretty much a coin flip. Nothing can guarantee the device will actually be rescued. And if the gadget has already been harmed, there are high chances that damage is permanent. Regardless, often times the stars align and you end up saving that precious technology that holds all your important data and connects you to the world.

With the help of the following tips, we aim to increase the probability of your phone making it through such disaster. So let’s dig in.

Take it out of the water and make sure it’s off!

I know it’s hard to react quickly when such a devastating event takes place, but you must snap out of it! The longer your device stays underwater, the lower its chances of survival are. You must dig in there and take that phone out of the water right away. Yes… even if it’s in the toilet!

Once the phone is out of the water, make sure it’s off and stays that way. Even if it seems fine… it is important to shut it off just in case. If the phone is still on, just shut it down or take the battery out if you can. Then put it in a safe place, preferably on a flat surface over some paper towels.

What not to do

The following actions can mean the difference between a totaled phone or a survival story. You better be careful what you do. Before we jump into finding a solution, let’s try to prevent major failures you could cause.

  1. Do not turn on the phone, as we already mentioned. Electrical components don’t play well with water when operating.
  2. Don’t plug it in either! For the same reason.
  3. Don’t press any keys. This can push water further into the phone. It’s best to try to mess with the phone as little as possible.
  4. Don’t shake or blow into the device. This could also push water into deeper areas of the phone. Especially try to avoid blow driers – not only because of the blowing part, but also because of the following point.
  5. Do not apply any heat to the phone. Remember excessive heat can also damage the phone. You don’t want to add more damage!
  6. Don’t move the phone around too much. Same deal; you don’t want the water moving around inside the phone.
  7. Disassemble the phone

And don’t mistake this step with “take the whole darn phone apart”! What I mean is that you should remove everything that is user-removable. If you back cover is removable, take it off. Similarly, try to remove the battery (if you can), SIM card and SD card. Lay it all out in the paper towel.

Now, if you are an experienced tech specialist of sorts and know the ins and outs of a phone, and don’t mind risking voiding your warranty, you can go ahead and take the whole phone apart too. It might help with drying up every single piece faster.

 

Try to dry the exterior with a paper towel

We first have to try to get rid of all the excess water found in the exterior of your phone. Use the paper towel to dry out every component. Just make sure you don’t mess with the phone too much. Gently dry everything out without moving things around too much.

You could try a vacuum cleaner

Of course, there are areas the paper towel can’t access. And while we told you not to blow anything into the phone, we didn’t tell you not to suction the water out. In fact, a vacuum cleaner can suck off bits of water from the phone without too much risk. Just make sure the suctioning doesn’t make the phone move around excessively. Oh, and try not to use big one.

Time to dry it out

The hardest part is coming, because it involves leaving the phone untouched for an extended period of time. This means you can’t use your Smartphone! If you have another phone you can borrow, just make sure the SIM card is completely dried out and stick it into the working handset. Otherwise, just resort to smoke signals, public phones and all that archaic stuff.

So how do you dry your phone out? You could just leave the phone on top of the counter or inside a drawer, but some people like giving it a little help. The idea is to put it in an environment that will ease its drying process. A very common practice is to put the phone in a Ziploc bag full of rice and let it rest there for about 2-3 days.

The moment of truth

So you did everything you could and a few days have passed by. It’s time to see if all your efforts paid off. Take the phone out of wherever you left it and put it all together. Then plug the phone in and try to turn it on. If it works, you have succeeded! Stay on the lookout for any odd behavior, though. At least for a few days. Something may still happen. Also, test all the components. Make a call to see if the microphone and earphone work, test the speaker, etc.

Now, if the phone doesn’t work, it’s time to accept defeat and take it to a professional and see if it can be salvaged. You can also claim insurance if you have it.

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *