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Ways to protect your phone on vacation

The kids are out of school and you’ve been stockpiling your vacation time for months. It’s prime time to hit the road (or skies) for a well-deserved getaway. But before you dust off your suitcase, take some time to assess the protection of one your most valuable travel tools – your smartphone.

Your personal travel guide

A recent survey conducted by Asurion, an industry leader in technology protection, found that 77 percent of travelers say their phone is either “very” or “extremely” important to have while traveling. In fact 46 percent revealed they use their mobile phone to research vacation information, such as destinations and deals. Other popular uses include booking tickets, transportation, dining reservations and using special travel-related apps.

protecting your phone

It’s easy to see that smartphones are critical for summer travel. Since nothing ruins a vacation like a lost, stolen or damaged cellphone, be sure to consider these tips before heading out:

  Use a good screen protector and invest in a quality cover or case. This is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent scratching, cracks and other external damage.

  Invest in mobile protection for your phone, which provides a complete suite of technology protection products.

  Plug the phone into a power surge protector.

  Password-protect your phone. In the event it is stolen, it will be your first line of defense against identity theft.

  Install an anti-theft application on your child’s device to locate or lock it and wipe data.

 Back up your child’s phone regularly to recover pictures, music and contacts quickly.

Protecting your phone also includes keeping it from thieves. When Asurion asked smartphone users where they experienced theft of their device, the most common settings were common vacation locations, including restaurants and bars, stores, streets, parking lots and public transportation.

To help reduce the risk of phone theft, remember to:

  Keep it in a pocket or purse where it will be out of site.

  Use a Bluetooth device to be able to keep the phone safely tucked away.

  Use headphones when listening to music.

  Password-protect the phone.

  Be aware of your surroundings when in public. Focusing on texting, email, social media or any other mobile application puts users at risk.

  Have an application that will remotely lock the smartphone and wipe the data, if necessary.

  Don’t set your smartphone on the table.