Want protect your phone? Here are a few simple steps to take to enhance your Android security or things you should immediately do if you had lost it.
These days, the loss of your phone is even more dramatic than the loss of your personal computer. Luckily, Android OS has plenty of security features to protect your personal data. So let’s walk through the “must do’s” to take better protect your phone from loss or things you should immediately do if it had already happened.
Step 1. Set up lock screen security
If you lose your phone, a lock screen is the first step to protecting your stuff safe.
And here’s how to do it: go to Settings > Security or Settings > Lock screen. Nowadays some phones support biometric security like face unlock, which are more complex in comparison with a classic PIN lock.
Step 2. Set a lock screen message
Once you’ve set lock screen security, you might want to give a chance to the honest phone finders to track you down. That’s why you will need to set a lock screen message. Just go to Settings > Security > Owner Info and enter your name there. A real one.
Step 3. Settle Android Device Manager
This is a great built-in tool for tracking a lost or stolen phone. There is a default ability to do so through your Google account, but this Manger allows you to wipe remotely your mobile device. To do so, just go to Google Settings (in the app drawer) > Android Device Manager > Allow remote lock and erase.
Step 4. Set up two-factor Authentification
The first setting it up may be a pain in the neck, but it is worth it! Sign into one with two-step authentication and you’ll need to use an “application-specific password” instead. These passwords give a single app or device access to your Google account. You can get to them entering accounts.google.command > “Security” from the sidebar, then “Authorizing applications and sites.” So every time you’ll be signing in, a two-factor authentication password will be required.
Important! Do not forget to make a note of your unique IMEI (international mobile equipment identifier) number, as well as a serial number. You can do it RIGHT NOW! Go to Settings > About phone > Status, or printed on the back of your device, on the box, or under the back panel or battery.
Step 5. Try out Fixico
With Fixico you can manage remotely your family or company hub from one place. You can download Fixico Mobile agent and add your mobile devices to Fixico account. This will help you to wipe and lock phones remotely, see the location of the lost or stolen phone and turn on the remote alarm. Moreover, you do not need to write down IMEI number – you can easily find one on the administrator’s dashboard.
When you’ve lost your phone
So it happened. You’ve lost your phone, or it was stolen.
Step 1. Call or text your number
Calling your device will help to track its current location. You could also send a text message, but if you set up lock screen security, it will prevent text from being read.
Step 2. Remotely find and wipe your handset
Even if you haven’t set up Android Device Manager to lock or wipe your phone, you can use it to help you find it. Simply go to google.com/android/devicemanager and sign in with your Google account, or download the Android Device Manager app on Google Play.
If the phone is not turned off, you’ll track it real-time. If it’s off you’ll see an approximate location.
If you enabled Android Device Manager, you’d also be able to lock your phone with a message, or remotely wipe all your data.
If you have Fixico, go to the administrator’s dashboard and wipe the handset (if the function was previously turned on in the phone).
Step 3. Report the police
If there is no chance of getting back the phone, go to the police and report the incident.