Nowadays, your mobile phone has more capabilities than ever. You may be using your mobile phone to plan your appointments, keep your credit card information, your contact lists and much more. This is all sensitive information that needs to be protected.
The next time you need to buy a new phone, you may want to check up on the security features to keep your information secure and to stop any unauthorised phone calls from your mobile phone or even someone simply accessing your personal emails.
Use a PIN
A PIN is a Personal Identification Number. SIM cards have a pin that is already installed in your phone. You can change this PIN at any time, which is normally recommended. Do not tell anyone this number.
Once the PIN is in place, no one will be able to turn on the phone and use it with this security feature enabled. Another similar feature is locking your mobile phone to the SIM Card and locking the SIM card. You can manually set these features. Your PIN will need to be entered before you can use the phone with another SIM Card. Therefore, if someone steals your phone and pops in their own SIM card, they will still need your PIN before getting access. Locking the SIM card means that you must enter your PIN number before making a call unless it is an emergency.
Protecting Your Phone
There is always the possibility that someone can try to guess your PIN. However, if the PIN is entered incorrectly three times, you must unlock your phone by using a personal unblocking key code which can only be accessed through your service provider. You will then be asked to change your PIN in order to access the mobile phone again.
Losing Your Mobile Phone
If you misplace your mobile phone or it is stolen, you must contact your service provider immediately. This will help to reduce the chance of unauthorised calls being made from your phone, which you will have to pay for unless it is reported.
Your SIM card will be blocked which will make it impossible for someone to use your account, even in another phone. You can also report your phone stolen to the police with your SIM card number and the IMEI number which can help to recover your phone. Remember, even if your phone is stolen, you will still need to obey your contract and blocking the SIM card will not cancel your service, it simply does stops someone from making unauthorised calls.
With these security measures, you will be able to use your mobile phone knowing that in the case of theft or loss, you will not have to pay the consequences, quite literally. However, these security measures will be in vain if you do not take the steps to implement them. When you receive your phone, make sure that you set up and change your PIN, locking your phone to the SIM card and then locking your SIM card.