How to Safeguard a Phone From Nosy Roommates, Girlfriends & Others

Have you ever left your smartphone in your apartment, only to return and find that some of your data is missing? When you pose the question to your roommates, you get the sea of confused looks that a kindergarten teacher gets when she is trying to find out who broke the vase on the class window sill.

Did you know that you do not have to put up with nosy roommates going through your smartphone? You can protect your smartphone from roommates, thieves and anyone that may find your phone if you should ever leave it behind somewhere. So get ready to load up your mobile phone with the protection you need for your personal information.

Protection Apps

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Smartphone apps such as Bullguard Mobile Security will allow you to lock your phone against intruders and viruses. If you lose your phone, you can access it from your laptop or another smartphone and lock your lost phone down. That way, whoever has it cannot get information from it.


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Most smartphone models allow you to lock the screen and prevent access to anyone that does not have the proper passcode. Too many people ignore this feature and do not utilize it to help protect their sensitive data. Always set up your screen so that it is protected by a passcode and only you can access your phone and all of the important information that it contains.

Protecting Specific Information

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Some people do not put a lot of personal information on their smartphones. However, they do take pictures and make personal notes on their phones that can be used be a criminal to determine where they live and other important information. You can get smartphone apps that will allow you to password protect specific parts of your phone and prevent you from having to constantly log into your phone each time you want to use it.

Don’t Hack Your Phone

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One of the biggest mistakes that people make is they try to jimmy-rig their phones to unlock special features or get features that they are not paying for. Aside from this being pretty dumb, it is also a good way to disable all of the protective features on your phone. If you want a special feature on your phone, then pay for it. If you try to hack your phone to add special features, then security features such as your locking screen will no longer work. That is a sure way to get all of your smartphone data compromised if you lose it and someone else finds it.

Curiosity is always a big motivator, and people get curious when they see a smartphone that does not belong to them. No matter even if you own a ‘smart’ smartphone like the T-Mobile HTC Windows phone, all phones need some extra security. You can protect your phone and the vital information it holds by taking some simple steps towards phone security.


Shaun Chatman is a freelance writer by night and a gym trainer in the day. Happily married and a father of two gregarious kids, Shaun lives in Dunedin, FL, and spends his free time playing with his kids or his gadgets.

Honey Singh

Honey is a web evangelist having work experience in Social Technologies, Blogging, Web-Development and UI Designis. Honey commonly blog on Honeytechblog and popularly known as "honeytech".

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