Did you know that over 113 cell phones are lost or stolen in the U.S. every minute? Losing your cell phone is like losing your credit card. With the amount of personal information stored on smartphones today, they’re just as important to protect as your purse or wallet. Follow these 4 simple tips to protect yourself from mobile theft:
- Lock your phone – Whether numerical or pattern based, having a pass code is the first step in stopping a thief from accessing your data.
- Be aware – If you’re traveling on a bus, in a coffee shop, grocery store or even at work, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and don’t leave your phone lying out of sight.
- Customize your device – There are a number of phone cases out there that can disguise your phone to be something unattractive to an onlooker. A good example is the silicone case designed to make your phone look like an old cassette tape.
- Store information on a cloud – Hard drives are becoming nearly non-existent these days. From Dropbox to Google Drive, there are plenty of free options to store your information so that a perpetrator can’t find access to it.
By following these tips, you should be able to prevent and/or prepare for mobile theft. To be even more prepared, download one of the many available phone locator apps. These apps allow the authorities to locate a stolen device. Not to mention, some of these apps will even snap a picture of the thief and send it to an online account when he/she attempts to unlock the device! We’re all susceptible to mobile theft, but with a level head, you can protect yourself from being victimized.
In a recent post from the New York Daily News about texting and driving, Texas college student, Chance Bothe, was not only texting and driving, but had a creepy premonition that lead to his near-death experience.
Bothe was driving in January when he texted someone: “This is dumb,” and “If we keep doing this I’m going to wreck my truck, going to get in a car crash,” immediately before he drove his truck straight into a ravine. His truck’s engine landed on his lap. Luck or not, Bothe survived. Needless to say, he was left sustaining the following injuries: a broken neck, fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries. He spent months not only recovering, but learning how to walk again. Now, Bothe plans to spread his story and teach people how dangerous texting and driving really is.
To emphasize on this point, a Car and Driver study claims that a driver’s reaction time while reading and responding to texts is much worse than while impaired with alcohol. All-in-all, texting and driving shows one has zero common sense. Check out the infographic below to learn more.
Today’s cell phones can do some amazing things. Does anyone remember when cell phones just made and received phone calls? We’ve come a long way from bags and bricks. We’ve come a long way from just business people and the affluent being the only cell phone owners. Today, there are a range of people from children to seniors (and everyone in between) doing just about everything from their cell phones.
One reason cell phone growth exploded with children and seniors is personal safety. Cell phones are the best devices to use to communicate quickly, whether it’s an emergency, cry for help, or just a quick check in.
There are warnings galore to not text and drive or even to not text while walking (see Page Plus blog post below), but that doesn’t mean a cell phone is an unsafe device. It actually is quite the contrary. Your cell phone can be your own personal safety device.
Here are just a few ways your cell phone can be your own personal safety device or your child’s own personal safety device or your parent’s own personal safety device:
- 911 Emergency Call button – one touch, one call, pre-programmed.
- ICE – ICE is simply, In Case of Emergency. This is a feature on your phone that allows you to put in a short list of “quick contacts” in case of emergency. Somewhere in your contacts put ICE. This is an easy way for someone helping you to find who to contact when you are unable to do so yourself.
- Weather Alerts – Your phone can now alert you about hazardous weather conditions
- Flashlight App
- Warning Siren App
- GPS – Many phones now contain a GPS system that allows you to locate your current position and find your way.
- Camera – So many safety ideas with this feature. Some have taken a picture of their aisle identifier reminding them of where they parked their car!
- Speed dial to Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Caretaker, Son, Daughter, Doctor or Police.
These are just a few ideas to think of your cell phone as your own personal safety device.
Feel free to share your personal safety story here related to your mobile phone. We want to hear from you!!
Did you hear about the guy that nearly walked into a live bear while texting? Check it out – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmhvdtX72eQ
As texting becomes more and more popular, the number of incidents caused by texting while walking is also rising. People who are too occupied with texting while walking are lending themselves to serious risk or injury. Let’s face it, technology can be a distraction.
Don’t believe it? Just find any crowded downtown metropolis and watch the mayhem. Look at how many people are looking down at their cell phones instead of forward. Still don’t believe it? As reported by an ABC news affiliate in South Bend, Indiana, Bonnie Miller fell six feet into a cold river connected to Lake Michigan as she tried to text and walk along a pier at the same time.
It’s pretty simple to understand that you can’t keep your eyes focused on two different places at once, such as your phone keyboard and where you’re walking. While safety and vigilance is suggested, there are ways to decrease risk for those who insist on walking and texting at the same time.
- Turn your phone camera into a walking guide - There are apps that use your cell phone’s camera as a forward viewer, showing what is in front of the walker, while texting on the phone. (Apps: Road SMS, Type N Walk, Walk Safe, Walk N Write)
- Use your voice to text – There are apps that will turn speech into text on your smart phone. A quick copy and paste from the transcript is safer than individual keystrokes typed into a mobile phone. (Apps: Dragon, ShoutOut, VoiceText).
- Walk with a “wing person” – Walking with a friend while texting allows your friend to be your set of eyes (assuming they too are not texting).
Of course, our best tip of all is to stop walking and texting all together. You can save yourself an injury or the injury of someone else by simply not walking, move out of the way and send a text. It sounds like common sense, but it’s not a common practice.
Just be aware and cautious. Accept the fact this is really happening and practice safe texting (or should we say practice safe walking?). You get the point.
Are you using any of these apps? What has been your experience walking while texting? Do you have a funny story related? What would you recommend to other Page Plus Cellular users?
More texting while walking incidents can be found here – http://www.fiercewireless.com/special-reports/5-worst-walking-and-texting-mishaps?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal