Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. Whether chatting with friends, reading the latest news stories or listening to music, these clever devices are all but essential within day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, these very same qualities are just as attractive to thieves. Countless phones are stolen every day and thankfully, technology is now beginning to tackle this problem. What methods are employed to help mitigate the chances of theft and to simultaneously deter the average thief? Let us take a closer look, as the answers might surprise you.
This is obviously the most well-known feature. The majority of phones now have built-in GPS capabilities which will allow the authorities to know its whereabouts in the event that it is stolen. Some programs will even allow the user to activate this system after reporting the event to the phone provider. Thieves are now well aware of this technology and as a result, they will be much less likely to risk being discovered.
Data Security Protection
Most smartphones contain personal data including photos, correspondences and financial information (such as bank account details). These should obviously never fall into the hands of a thief. When a phone is reported stolen, there is the option of locking this information so that it cannot be accessed by an unauthorised third party.
There are many mobile phone apps which enable users to remotely monitor their device in the event that it is stolen. One common method is to access a website which provides a “back door” into the systems of the phone. Thus, the device can be locked and any personal data can be downloaded before being deleted. Apples ‘find my iphone’ app on icloud is a great example of this.
User Access Systems
While PIN codes have always been a feature, these are now bolstered by touch screen actions such as having to swipe one’s finger in a very specific pattern before the phone will be unlocked. Iris and fingerprint scans are another recent advancement. These are often referred to as biometric security systems. The main intention behind such methods is to prohibit anyone else from gaining access to the software within the smartphone.
If a thief gains access to a phone, he or she will normally change the settings to silent. However, there are some systems which will activate an audible alarm that will help to get the attention of others. These can be in the form of a one-off application or as a portion of a larger anti-theft program.
The Deterrent Factor
All of these methods will deter thieves from attempting to walk away with a phone. However, none is a guaranteed solution. This is the primary reason why mobile insurance plans are essential. In the event that a phone is stolen, the victim will be reimbursed in the form of money or even with an entirely new device. As these phones become even more advanced, it is likely that equally innovative security solutions will be created.