So you’re all excited about your gorgeous, brand-new phone. What is it? An Android, iPhone, Blackberry or a Windows Phone? No matter what OS, vendor or carrier that you bought it from, there are things you should definitely do if you want to protect and keep your new device clean.
Write down the serial number and IMEI
As you might already know, saving your device’s unique numbers might help you one day. Write those numbers down since they can be useful when you report your phone as lost or stolen to the police. If the authorities get your valuable phone back, you can claim your property with that information if you reported it before. It’s true it’s very unlikely, but it’s possible. You can find that information in the package of your device, or usually in the “about this phone” section of its operating system.
Install anti-theft software
And about anti-theft we mean Prey. Honestly, antivirus for cell phones aren’t really needed and unless you have a quad-core, 4GB RAM phone, you’ll be wasting your precious resources on something that shouldn’t be there to begin with. Unlike Windows, mobile operating systems don’t just run applications in the background if you didn’t deliberately install them and allowed them to do so. A careful user shouldn’t ever need an anti-virus. Prey, on the other hand, won’t run unless you activate it and it’s very useful when your devices goes missing or not. Currently available only on Android and iOS.
Don’t install suspicious apps
Simply don’t. Not even if they’re from Google Play or iTunes App Store. We recommend to get the most popular applications you can find, since a whole lot of users are more likely to find malicious software faster if there’s any. Also, prefer official Facebook, Google or other well known apps since it’s unlikely they’d take risks by putting grime on their products.
If you’re getting some obscure application anyway, first read people’s feedback and comments on the app, you can even Google it if you’re not installing them from official marketplaces. If you’re downloading installation packages for Android (.apk) or you’ve got a jailbroken iOS device, then you’re on your own. If you really, really trust the source—aka some well-known developer’s official site—go on, but we recommend you don’t unless you’re an experienced user.
Protective case / Screen layer
Most phones get scratched despite all the fantastic materials used to build them. Alien-metal cases and rhino-proof glass won’t keep you from destroying your precious new device because, let’s face it, phones are meant to be constantly dropped. If you care about it and specially, if you’re planning to sell it after your carrier contract is done, a protective rubber case and a screen layer are very helpful for keeping your phone as new. It’ll feel bigger in your pocket and the screen might not be as sensitive as when it’s naked, but that’s the small price for physical protection. But don’t forget that phones are made to endure harsh conditions.
Some carrier companies offer special insurance plans for a small fee. Which can save you money in case of an accident and should be considered by anyone who’s got phone-breaking tendencies. If your carrier doesn’t have an insurance for your phone, there are some companies that offer insurance plans for phones here and there.
If you’re a rather careful person, you could self-insure your device—just put the equivalent of that monthly fee in a savings account. Doing this will keep money and the interests for yourself instead of the insurance company. Also, if nothing happens to your phone during its lifetime, you’ll have enough money to buy a new one with your savings!
And of course… Enjoy your new device!
That’s why you bought it in the first place, right?
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