Another summer has come and gone, and now it’s time to start preparing to go back to school. I know that when I pack up all my belongings and head back to campus, there are two things that are particularly important for me to bring: my laptop and my phone. I am constantly using these devices when I am away at school. My cell phone allows me to stay in contact with my family and friends, and my laptop is an extremely helpful tool both in and outside the classroom. In order to prepare you for this bittersweet time of year, I am going to share some useful Red Cross “Back to School” tips for securing your devices and protecting your personal information.
I will admit that when I am busy and running around campus, I tend to misplace my iPhone at least once a day. (In my defense, it’s never for more than ten minutes and 99% of the time it’s under the couch) However, in order to ensure that my phone is protected, I have taken a few steps to increase my device’s security. First, I have password protected my personal device. It’s really important that I don’t share my password with anyone, even my good friends, because then they have access to my personal information and my social networks accounts like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The second thing I do to keep my phone safe is to try to pay attention and never leave my device unattended. Misplacing my phone in my apartment is one thing, but if left alone in a public place, it can disappear in the blink of an eye. In the event that I do lose my phone, I know to report it to my local police department and use applications like Apple’s Find My iPhone, which helps to locate lost or stolen devices. The last thing I do to keep my phone (and other devices) safe is to remember that the internet is forever. In other words, every person should avoid saving/sending unflattering or personal pictures on his or her device. Once they are on the internet, they are there indefinitely!
Your laptops, smart phones, and tablets all hold valuable information and are hard to replace, so make sure to take these easy steps to help keep your device(s) as safe as possible. And remember, in the event of a misplaced device, the couch cushions are the first place to look.