Thieves are always around looking for an opportunity to steal from you, out of your hands, into your pockets and bag packs. Despite the pain of your precious phone stolen, there are also concerns of confidential data being lost and somebody stealing your identity.

Use a strong password screen lock

Do not make things easy for the thief who steals your phone. It is a good idea to enable your screen passcode and make sure it is a good one. You have heard it before; create a strong password that contains a string of at least eight characters that include a combination of letters and numbers.

Join a find my phone service

Unfortunately, passwords will not be enough, you can also register your phone with a service such as Apple’s find my iPhone. The service will track your smartphone and wipe its data when you lose it. For Samsung you can sign up with Find my Mobile, using a Samsung account. If you lost your device, the service allows you to find it again. You can protect personal information you have saved on your device. The service also allows you to import the device information you lost on the phone.

Backup important personal files and documents

Backup your photos, contacts, videos and apps with cloud services such as iCloud and Microsoft’s OneDrive. With Microsoft OneDrive, the cloud service allows you to keep all your files and photos in OneDrive. Giving you access to your personal documents from your tablet and computer if you have lost your smartphone.

According to a report from Fin24, information supplied from Vodacom’s insurance arm. Theft and loss make up 60% of claims, followed by physical damage, which comes in at 35%, and liquid damage at 5%. Vodacom also gave Fin24 lists of phones that are most at risk of theft and loss:

The Top 5:

Vodafone/Vodacom branded devices

In terms of damage, the iPhone ranks the highest on the operator’s insurance claims.

The Top 5:


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