We live in a truly mobile world. We’re connected at all times and our phones serve as our walking database. Without them, most might agree, would be like leaving the house without clothes. But unlike your clothes, there will likely come a time when you’ll leave your phone behind at a restaurant, drop it in the sink or have it stolen. All your memories, data and years of information may be gone in an instant. It’s unfortunate, but it does happen. Recently, after more than 10 years of careful cell phone use, it happened to me. The experience, although depressing, definitely served as an eye-opener for what I had not done to store my precious data. It turns out that there are tons of ways to avoid this. Below are a few of my great finds –although most are relevant to Android users, I believe iPhone fans will find this useful, too.
Back up photos: You could do the safe but time-consuming manual upload. I know a lot of people like to have peace of mind, so safely uploading their pictures to their computer once a month can give them that. There are other options that cell phone providers have which let you to text your pics into your online profile. While those are great alternatives, I found this Photobucket Mobile app, which will automatically upload pictures and videos to your online profile, to be very useful. With phones quickly taking the place of our personal cameras, the pictures on our phones are valuable– let’s protect them!
Back up contacts: Some cell phone providers offer a neat service in which each contact you save on your phone is stored online through a syncing process. All you have to do is log on to manage your contacts! There is also the Google cloud for all the Gmail users. All you have to do is go to your settings to back up your information.
Back up text messages: Although you may not think so, there might be important information saved in your thousands of text messages. There are apps that can manage and protect your texts including SMS Backup and Restore, where all of your texts are saved to a separate folder on your SIM card, and theSMS Backup +, where your texts are saved in Gmail under a separate folder.
Wiping it clean: Say you’re phone is stolen and gone forever? Luckily, you’ve followed all the steps listed above and your critical information is secure. The next step is wiping your phone clean to avoid anyone else seeing that data. I now have the Norton Mobile Security app, which is currently free on the Android market. With this app, you can remotely lock or wipe your phone completely. And I know the iPhone also offers a similar app called Find my iPhone. In fact, this app even allows you to see where your missing phone is!
Those were just a few of my finds. Please let us know of any others you find helpful. And after leaving a comment, pick up your phone and back it up – ASAP!