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How to Safeguard the Future of Your iPhone

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The iPhone is one of the most sought-after handheld devices in the world today. However, it’s still liable to physical damage. Even worse, it seems to draw malware developers and data thieves like gravity. So maybe all that surfing and app downloads that make it so popular create a deadly combination!

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Most iPhone users don’t really think about all the personal information that they store in their smartphones, which leaves them vulnerable to any malicious people who lay their hands on these phones. This information is in the GPS data, map queries, browsing history, and even map queries. Without the proper safeguards in place, this data makes them a ‘sitting duck’. And if you’ve taken to managing your finances, paying bills, or shopping using the iPhone, the data sensitivity increases tenfold.

However, you can relax. You will have peace of mind about the future of your iPhone with a couple of security measures in place:

  1. Do not jailbreak your iPhone

Jailbreaking iPhones is a very popular habit, but a bad idea. It is never a good idea to go against Apple as far as the safety of their devices is concerned. Jailbroken software doesn’t always have integrity. You could download an application that is written with a backdoor and so end up giving the app creator full access and control to your device without your knowledge. You also lose any chance of receiving new iOS releases or major updates, not unless you don’t mind restoring the factory settings and then going through the whole jailbreaking process again.

  1. Get a good case

It is always great to have a protective case for your smartphone. There are several types of cases available in the market. Get the type designed for an iPhone. Some of those that most users regard the best of the best include:

Otterbox Defender: This casing is comprised of hard polycarbonate, a soft silicone bumper, and a screen protector. It comes with a price tag of $40-$50 and it sets the standard as a comprehensive protector.

Otterbox Commuter: This is a great choice if you are looking for a tough, reliable, and low cost casing. It costs $35.

Twelve South BookBook: This $60 casing is both attractive and highly functional.

Case-Mate Tough Cases: Case Mate provides a wide array of quality cases for various iPhone models, as well as android smartphones.

Magpul Field Case: This is the lowest priced reliable casing in the market. You can get it for as little as $15.

  1. Enable the auto-lock feature

Enabling your iPhone’s auto-lock is a simple and effective way of preventing people from messing around with anything that rings the bell “private” on your device – which is literally everything. The screen lock is your first line of defense, especially if whoever has your device is a petty thief with no clue about using sophisticated technologies to switch it off.

You configure this feature via the general icon under settings. The menu has an auto lock button and you should enable a passcode lock and set the time before the phone locks.

  1. Avoid using Wi-Fi for your sensitive data

Sometimes people rely too much on Wi-Fi for their heavy Internet browsing. While this is terrific because data usage stays low and communications speed up, beware the free Wi-Fi hotspots. Whatever information you send across the Wi-Fi network lacks anonymity and getting hacked is as easy as pie. Therefore, do not do any financial or banking tacking until you are absolutely certain the network is trusted or you have carrier coverage.

  1. Know how to track your iPhone

If your phone is broken, you can always take it to a repair shop for fixing. However, if it gets lost and you do not have a way of tracking it, then you may be in big trouble. No need then to mention how much it will save you to be able to track it down.

There are a number of effective tracking methods available. The iCloud feature on your iPhone can be great help. In order to switch it on, go to settings and then select iCloud. Search for the Find My iPhone option and ensure it is turned on. This feature will help track it down whenever it is connected to the Internet. You can also install a third party tracking system, which of course you have to pay for. Your mobile service provider could also come in handy.

  1. Do not install any apps without first checking the permission requests

Smartphone users often overlook the application access request for permission agreements before installing apps. They then fail to read valuable information on how the apps access their devices when given specific permissions. Be careful with your apps. Be sure of what they purport to do, and be even more sure of what they actually do. Chances are that no alarm clock app will require access to your personal information or the Internet to work!

Jamee Weber

I'm the owner of Houston iPhone Screen Repair in The Woodlands TX.

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Your Future Self Will Thank You for Protecting Your SmartPhone Today

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Although I’m always happy to fix a broken iPhone or Android screen, I know how frustrating it is to have a damaged phone for even a short amount of time. Because no one wants to be stuck with a phone that’s not working properly, I put together this guide in the hopes that it will make it easier for you to keep your cellphone safe:

Get a Great Case

What makes a great iPhone case? One of the main factors is it needs to provide full protection for your device. Since there are so many different cases on the market, I want to highlight the five that are commonly regarded as the best of the best:

  • Otterbox Defender: With its combination of a soft silicone bumper, hard polycarbonate and screen protector, the $40-$50 Defender sets the standard for comprehensive protection. 
  • Case-Mate Tough Cases: Case-Mate makes a wide range of Tough cases. In addition to its iPhone models, there are also options available for many Android phones. 
  • Otterbox Commuter: If you want great protection without a hefty price tag, this $35 case is a great choice.
  • Twelve South BookBook: Looking for a case that’s just as attractive as it is functional? Then the $60 BookBook is probably for you.
  • Magpul Field Case: For reliable protection at the absolute lowest price around, you can’t beat what this case offers for under $15. 

Know How to Find Your Phone If It’s Lost or Stolen

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If your screen is damaged, the worst case scenario is you can bring it in to me and I will be able to fix it for you. That will save you from needing to buy a new phone. But if your phone is lost or stolen and you don’t have a way to track it, you’re going to be out of luck.

That’s why if you have an iPhone, it’s so important to go into Settings, then iCloud. Once you’re there, check to make sure the Find My iPhone option is turned on. And if you’re using an Android, go into the Android Device Manager and ensure that the Remotely Locate This Device option is turned on.

Turn On Your Passcode

The simplest but most effective way to discourage other people from messing with your phone and potentially damaging it is to turn on a passcode.

Protect Your Screen from Damage

If the case you choose doesn’t have its own screen protector, it’s definitely worth picking up a invisishield screen protector and adding it to your phone.

Pay Attention to What’s in Your Pockets and Purse

Keys and coins are just two examples of the types of items that can damage your phone if they’re in the same pocket or part of your purse. Before sliding your cellphone into any storage areas, be sure there’s nothing that’s going to scratch them.

Although these are all fairly simple tips, if you put all of them into practice, it will significantly decrease the likelihood of your phone being damaged!

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10 iPhone Apps That Will Improve Your Life

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If you’re an iPhone user, you probably already know that the App Store is full of hundreds of thousands of apps. While a large percentage are virtually worthless and an even bigger percentage are all about entertainment, there are also some truly incredible apps available for the iPhone. To see just how much your favorite smartphone can do for your life, let’s look at ten awesome apps and how they can improve your:

Thoughts

Don’t worry, we’re not talking about an app that’s going to reprogram the way you think. Instead, we’re talking about how keeping a journal can positively influence the way you view what you’ve accomplished and where you want to go in life. While you can keep a journal with just a pen and paper, the main problem most people face is sticking to consistently journaling. Day One solves that problem by making it easy to set an alarm for whenever you want to journal next. Although it does cost $4.99, thanks to the alarm feature and many others, thousands of users agree that it’s worth every dime.

Willpower

Jerry Seinfeld once told an interviewer that the way he improved as a comedian was by writing jokes every single day. Since writing new jokes isn’t an easy task, he motivated himself by using a large calendar to track his consistency. For each day he wrote, he’d put a large red X on that date. After just a few days, this tracking created a chain on the calendar that he didn’t want to break. The Streaks app puts the same functionality in your pocket. For $1.99, you can motivate yourself by easily tracking one or more daily goals.

Scheduling

Although the iPhone already has a calendar app, many people feel that it’s lacking. That’s why Fantastical is such a popular app. Not only can you add an event by quickly tapping the day when it’s happening, but you can also add events by speaking to your iPhone. And thanks to the app’s great interface, you won’t ever overlook an important event.

Sleep

Few things are worse than not being able to fall asleep at night. Not only does it mean you’re stuck staring at the ceiling and wishing you could just drift off, but it also takes a toll on your productivity the next day. And if this happens often, it can cause problems like running down your immune system. Although some people may need professional help, Relax Melodies might be all you need. This free app helps you wind down and peacefully drift off by playing peaceful sounds like rain falling.

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Paying attention to your daily caloric intake is the best way to lose weight. My Fitness Pal makes that easy to do by providing a convenient way to log what you eat each day. Whenever you eat, just log that meal into this free app and it will take care of all the calculating and tracking for you.

Timeliness

Waking up even ten minutes late can throw off your entire schedule. If you’re tired of being late for work or school, you need Wake N Shake. For just $1.99, this app will force you to get up on time in the morning by blasting sound until you shake your phone enough to turn the alarm off. And since it’s the “merciless alarm clock,” there’s definitely not a snooze feature!

Productivity

Most to-do apps simply provide a way to track what you need to get done. What makes CARROT special is it’s not afraid to call you out for being a slacker. When you don’t get something done on time, this $1.99 app will start chiding you until you complete it.

Organization

The iPhone is a great device for taking notes. The only problem is it can be difficult to keep a large number of notes organized. Fortunately, Drafts can help. In addition to acting as a central hub, this $2.99 app makes it easy to connect other services like Evernote that you may use.

Brain

If you want to improve your memory, have deeper concentration and enjoy stronger problem solving skills, you need to try Fit Brains Trainer. Even though games are a big part of this free app, the games are specifically designed to stimulate and train your brain.

Photography

While the iPhone’s standard camera app does pretty well, touch exposure, shooting modes, digital zoom and front flash are just a few of the awesome features Camera+ has. That’s why over ten million people have bought this $1.99 app.

Whether you ultimately download one app from this list or all ten to your iPhone, you’ll find that each one you use has a positive impact on your daily routine!

Jamee Weber

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