Top Tips to keep your cellphone safe from greedy criminals

Did you know that over 100 000 cellphones are stolen in South Africa each month? Cellphone theft has risen considerably throughout South Africa over the past few years. So much so that the chances of getting your device snatched is a common everyday occurrence.

These small, expensive and highly useful smartphones have provided a rich opportunity for crooks to either sell the phone or steal the information on the phone. As costly as it is to replace a Smartphone, the greatest risk is the enormous amount of personal information on the device.
If criminals can access credit card and banking details, passwords, your email and social network accounts or your contact lists, they can use it to steal your identity, rob your home, and even make purchases in your name. But there’s no reason to suffer through this nightmare because we’ve got some great tips to keep your phone safe:

•    Be vigilant – while it’s almost impossible to not react to your phone’s ‘ding’, taking it out to check will put you at risk. Not only will it increase the chances of you taking a tumble into a pothole, but walking while texting makes you oblivious to the people watching you.
•    Hide your phone away when you’re not using it – so many people think sticking their phone in the back pocket of their jeans is convenient, but when you keep it in places easy to access, you make it effortless for criminals to steal it. Never keep your phone in your back pocket, the front pocket of your jacket, and the outer pocket of your backpack.
•    Learn kickboxing – we’re just kidding, there’s no need to become a karate master when you can simply refrain from using your phone in the streets. Avoid using your phone at stop signs, taxi ranks or in quiet streets if you want to ensure a long life with your phone.
•    Never leave your phone unattended – never leave your phone alone on a restaurant table, on the table bar, and not even on the seat of your car where it is only a broken window away from thieves. In fact, always keep your cellphone within eye distance as you never know who wants to get their greedy paws on it.
•    Use a hands-free unit – while nobody wants to be that one person talking loudly to an invisible friend on a bench, a hands-free unit is an excellent choice if you want to avoid flashing your phone in front of greedy people.

And there you have some excellent tips to keep your phone safe from all those greedy criminals that flood our streets.

Is Smartphone Insurance Worth Buying?

Cellphone theft is rife in South Africa, with thousands of cellular phones being stolen across the country every week. As the primary means of communication, a wallet, and a gadget that holds vital personal information – smartphones can be expensive. And just when you’ve spent all your hard-earned savings on one, or you’ve just started paying one off, it gets stolen.

Insurance is a grudge purchase, but the case for insuring your phone is compelling

Imagine not being able to send a WhatsApp message, SMS, or please call me. Or imagine the status of your social life when you won’t be able to access Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Then there is the money you will have to loan or take from your savings to buy a new one. A lost or stolen phone is a huge inconvenience which can greatly affect your finances. Replacing your stolen phone can easily set you back R10 000 or more, and the chances of it being stolen again are high. Because of this fact, it is worthwhile insuring this valuable possession.

Most mobile service providers offer cellphone insurance, as do traditional insurers, which sell it as a stand-alone policy or as part of a personal lines policy (insurance for individuals, such as household and car insurance). You will need to shop around to find the best deal https://www.hippo.co.za/

Depending on your type of cover, cellular insurance covers accidental loss, damage or theft – where it can then be replaced with a new (or similar) model, if not the same one. Alternatively, you may be compensated with a cash amount equivalent to its replacement value. Here’s how much it will cost to insure your smartphone in South Africa https://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/277443-how-much-it-costs-to-insure-your-smartphone-in-south-africa.html.

Cell Phone Insurance can give you peace of mind – it is a way to cover your mobile phone for the unexpected event of theft.


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