Whether you find yourself in the middle of an unfamiliar city or are taking selfies on top of a mountain you just climbed, safe travel is a hot topic today. You can sit in front of your big-screen TV and see the gorgeous pictures someone else took of the Grand Canyon, or you can get up and see for yourself the exotic regions of the U.S. and around the world. Staying safe and connected has never been easier.
Your smartphone is the most obvious and easiest way for your friends and family to know how you are when you take your exotic vacation. The Galaxy s5 Prime from Samsung is arguably among the best smartphone on the market and has the features you need to stay connected. Wherever you have coverage, you’ll be connected from email to Facebook. In many places, even if you don’t have a mobile connection, you’ll still have an Internet connection.
Smartphones are the way most people stay in contact even at home, but their features make them excellent companions for vacations to exotic places. Your smartphone will help keep you safe, but keeping your smartphone safe is another matter. There are some things you need to do while traveling. Smartphones are small and are often left on tables, in hotel rooms and in the outside pockets of purses or luggage. This is the number one mistake. They make a very easy target for clever thieves.
You can get anti-theft cases for your smartphone that look like ordinary travel cases but have special safety features. They have fortified straps and front panels, so they can’t be slashed and stolen. They also have safety hooks inside the pouches, so the smartphone can’t be removed without your noticing. Some other tips to keep your data and smartphone safe are:
• Back up your data before you depart
• Turn off automatic Bluetooth and WI-Fi when you’re not using them. If your phone is continuously trying to connect to the Internet, it sends a signal to hackers who can steal your identity and location. Hotels, airports and cafes are the most common places hackers wait to get unprotected information.
• Set the phone to lock automatically after a specified period of inactivity. The shortest period you can handle is the best.
• Set a password and set the phone to go into password protect mode immediately. Even with a password, there are mobile repair shops in some cities that can wipe all of your information even if you have a password. At least your information is safe.
• There are several anti-theft apps available. You can ask your cell provider and do your own research. Some include malware prevention, remote data wipe and privacy review.
Your smartphone is your lifeline so be aware that there is a whole industry around stolen smartphones and identities. Whether you love the adrenalin rush of an adventure vacation or just want to learn about different lifestyles around the world, keeping your smartphone handy is essential.