The Carnival block season has started and many revelers are at this very moment getting ready to drop by the party. If you are one of them and you are going to take your phone with you, be sure to check out some golden tips so that the fun ends before it even starts.
Unfortunately, we know that in the heat of Carnival many people end up losing their cell phones or have the device stolen or stolen. So the recommendation is that you tweak some settings before you even leave the house. They help to increase your security and can even make life difficult for the thief.
Keep GPS enabled
Those most concerned with privacy end up turning off the GPS of the cell phone so that the device is not collecting the places through which they pass. However, it is essential that it is activated. Only then will it be possible, for example, to try to track the phone after a theft. To activate, observe the steps below:
- Go to your device's settings and look for the "Location" option (on some models it is called "Location"). If the item is turned off, you need to activate it.
- Now go back to the main settings menu and find the item "Google", select and enter "Security".
- The option "manage your Android device" appears on the screen. On other models, the "Find My Device" option appears straight away.
- Enable "Remotely locate the device" and "Allow remote lock and wipe" – this last part is essential for you to be able to delete your files even if you don't have your phone nearby.
In case of loss, theft or theft, you can check the location of your device by opening the application "Find my device" (if not installed, download for free on Google Play). You can use any Android phone that has the app installed. Or you can still search the internet at: android.com/find
Now, enter your username and password associated with Google. If the cell phone is still on and the GPS is on, the location of the device will appear on the map that appears on the screen.
Three options appear next to the address: blocking the device, erasing everything or making a sound. In the latter case, the audible alert works even if your cell phone is muted and is ideal in case of loss. Will someone hear and find ?!
- Go to "Settings" and find the "Privacy" option.
- Enable "Location Services", if they are not connected.
- Now, go back to "Settings" and select iCloud, scroll down and enable "Search".
To check the location of your iPhone, open the iCloud website and sign in with your online account or use the "Search" application.
Once tracked, a map with the current address or the last time the device issued a signal appears on the screen. Then, you can activate "Mark as Lost" so that the phone is locked. It will also be possible to erase the entire contents of the device.
Know the mobile IMEI
Another fundamental safety recommendation is to have the cell phone's IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identification) noted in an easily accessible place. It works as an ID that identifies your device. Each device has a unique code.
In case of theft, theft or loss, you will need to inform the IMEI during the report. Thus, the cell phone will enter a register of blocked devices from Anatel. The information should also be passed on to your telephone line operator to facilitate blocking.
How to discover IMEI? Is easy.
- Type * # 06 # on the cell phone keypad and confirm. Then, the IMEI will appear on the screen.
- Write down the number. On some models, the IMEI appears engraved on the back of the device. The information also appears on the box in which the cell phone was sold.
It's that famous security layer. Several applications have adopted it, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, email apps.
Each program has a way to activate two-step verification, but it is usually in the application settings. In it, you need to create a password that only you should have access to. So, in addition to your default username and password, the person will have that extra password to prove that he is himself.
If you no longer have your phone in hand, borrow a device and download your apps again. Then, enter your logins and password on all of them.
In most cases, the app asks for your phone bill to receive an SMS with a temporary password. So, the process will only go ahead if the line has not yet been blocked.
Ah! And don't forget to activate your phone's automatic backup. The process saves all your photos, videos, messages and everything else in the cloud. That is, they are not only stored on the device.
In cases of theft, the criminals end up resenting the cell phone to the factory standard, deleting everything inside.
Before leaving for the blocks, activate the backup tool
- Google Photos does this very well with your photos and videos with the "Backup and sync" option in the settings.
- WhatsApp alsovia Google Drive (on Android) or iCloud (on iPhone) via Settings> Conversations> Conversation Backup.
- Social networks like Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram already put their content in the cloud. Just like certain Google services sync on their own, like Google Docs.
After a possible theft, just download these apps, enter your username and password, and follow the steps for each app to restore the deleted content.
* Collaboration Márcio Padrão
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