Protecting Your Smartphone While Traveling

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In this day and age of modern technology more and more people own smartphones. As a matter of fact, these devices have become so sophisticated that many people have really come to rely on them for their day to day needs. The days of only being able to make a phone call with your cell phone are long gone. The smartphones that everyone is switching over to are more like mini personal computers that cell phones. Today, people keep very sensitive personal information in their phones such and their contacts, their banking information, and hundreds, if not thousands of important personal photo’s.

A lot of things can go wrong when you are traveling for either business or pleasure. One of the most devastating things that can happen to you is to lose or misplace your cell phone. Losing your cell phone could mean losing valuable contact information from business clients. This could be devastating to you and your business. Unfortunately, when traveling, people are out of their regular routines which makes it easier to forget where they’ve left their smartphone. One of the most common times that people lose their cell phones is while traveling.

How Can You Protect Your Phone While Traveling?

The single most important thing that you can do to protect your phone while traveling is to install a cell phone tracker application on the phone before your trip. Many people lose their phone and then ask if there is a way to track it with GPS. In most cases, this is impossible. There are a couple of cell phone service providers that allow users to track their phones without first installing tracking software on them. One such company is Sprint. They have a service called the Sprint Family Locator that customers can sign up for that will allow them to track the phones that are associated with their service plan without first having to install a tracking app. You might check with your service provider to see if they offer a similar service.

Where Can You Get A GPS Tracking App For Your Phone?

This really depends on what type of phone you have. If you own the ever popular iPhone, I suggest that you use an app called “Find My iPhone”. This app is provided free from Apple. You will have to set up a free iCloud account with Apple in order to begin using the service.

The other most popular type of phone is one that is powered by the Google Android operating system. If you own a mobile device that is powered by Android, you go to a website called Google Play ( and you can type the keyword “cell phone tracker” in the search box. You’ll find dozens of free apps to choose from.

If you have any other type of phone, simply look in the apps store associated with your particular phone for an application that will suit your needs.

What Features Should You Look For in a Tracking App?

Of course you need to be able to use a computer to log into the app’s web based interface to determine the location of your phone if you happen to lose it while traveling but there are a couple of other useful features that are worth looking for.

  • Remote Lock: – This feature allows users to log into the web based interface and lock their phone. This should be the first thing you do if you lose your phone while traveling. This will prevent anyone from stealing your private info from your device.
  • Remote Wipe – This feature allows users to log into the web based interface and delete everything that is stored on the phone. This feature is valuable if you don’t think that there is any possibility of ever recovering your phone. It’s important to understand that this feature cannot be reversed so it should only be used as a last resort.

Before you take your next trip, I highly suggest that you install a cell phone tracker application on your smartphone. You’ll thank me if you happen to lose your phone while traveling. With this kind of software installed on your phone, you just might be able to find that you’ve simply left your phone in your hotel room and you can easily get it back.