NEW YORK – Gadgets like smartphones, laptops and tablets have become integral parts of our lives. The very thought of losing these devices appears nightmare. It is not only the financial loss but also fear of losing our precious data with the device that often haunt us.
But worry not. By following these eight simple tips you can secure both your device as well as your data from getting stolen.
Android has its own tracking feature that can be accessed via google.com/android/devicemanager. It tracks any Android device that is associated with your Google ID. You can view its location on a map, lock and erase data on the device or even make it ring.
Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Apple provides its own free anti theft app — Find my iPhone — that works on all iOS devices. Setting it up is easy and it lets you manage all the Apple devices you own through a single Apple account.
You can locate your device by logging in to your iCloud account from any browser and then send messages to it, lock it or wipe all data remotely.
Windows Phone devices
The anti-theft feature on Windows Phone is called Find My Phone. You just need to head to windowsphone.com and sign in using the same Windows Live ID that you use on the smartphone.
The browser will then display your phone’s location on a map and let you directly print a hard copy of the location if a printer is connected.
BlackBerry’s anti-theft solution is called BlackBerry Protect. It has to be set up using a BlackBerry account. Once active, it automatically backs up your contacts, calendar entries and bookmarks.
Similar to other smartphones you can track your device’s location by logging into the Protect website. Then, you can send messages, lock the device or erase all data on it. Using Protect, you can manage up to seven devices from a single account.
For Windows, get LAlarm (lalarm.com), which is free for personal use. If Windows is locked, LAlarm can be set to raise an alarm when someone disconnects the power cord or removes a USB flash drive.
Apple offers its own anti-theft solution for its notebooks called Find my Mac. This is automatically enabled when you sign-in to your iCloud account. You can track your laptop remotely, wipe data or have it sound an alarm to find it.
Security locks for laptops
Almost all laptops have a Kensington security port. This port can be used in conjunction with a compatible security cable to physically secure your laptop to an immovable object.
One end of the locks goes into the laptop while the other can be looped around something heavy. You can get a combination or key lock.
Secure cases for smartphones/tablets
Smartphones and tablets are quite easy to steal. Unlike laptops, these handheld devices do not have a locking port, so a regular locking cable won’t work. However, you do get cases for iPhones and iPads that let you lock them to a desk. Some of the popular options include Kensington and Rokform.