This post was most recently updated on September 17th, 2019
We shall be discussing 5 ways to keep your gadgets safe in this post. Before we proceed, however, let us acquaint ourselves with some pertinent facts that bother on how important electronic gadgets(especially phones) are to humans.
In 2016, the market data for insurance in UK households for domestic risks was an estimated £39 billion, and another £20 billion was focussed overseas. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), it’s safe to assume that Brits have heavily invested in house insurance; however, 19% of Brits admitted that they don’t have a house insurance policy while more than 80% do not understand what it covers. More than 26% of Brits admit that they do not know whether their house insurance policy covers the damage or loss of gadgets such as mobile phones. Following these findings, here are five ways to keep your gadgets safe at home.
Use casing for protection
Protective cases and screen protectors are mandatory if you want to keep your gadgets safe at home, especially if you own handsets with sleek designs. Average users cannot count the number of times they have accidentally dropped their mobile phones, leaving a shattered or cracked screen at the very minimum. Protective cases are shockproof and specifically designed to absorb impact when the gadget is dropped, leaving you with peace of mind knowing that your gadget will not be destroyed.
Keep out of reach of small children (and pets)
Toddlers and babies love to play with mobile phones or place other expensive tech devices in their mouths. Small children often spin phones around before eventually dropping them on the floor leading to dents, scratches and other types of damage. Pets can also easily mistake a tech piece for a chewy toy, so never leave gadgets such as phones lying around; they are choking hazards because they might look like toys to a baby or a dog.
Keep your whereabouts unknown
Unfamiliar people like marketers and package delivery companies should not know your whereabouts at all times. Also, refrain from broadcasting holiday plans through Facebook or Instagram because you might invite burglars this way, and insurers are invalidating compensation claims from people whose houses were burgled when they were on holiday but posted pictures on social media. When you’re out of the house, whether going next door or flying to another continent, always lock all doors and windows. Many reported break-ins are opportunistic.
Install device locators
Location apps are useful in helping you to recover your gadget if it gets stolen. Besides, you can lock the device remotely and wipe out all private or sensitive data that you would not want falling into the wrong hands. For example, iPhones can be traced when you install the ‘Find iPhone’ app.
Install a home security system
Home security monitoring is a reliable way to keep gadgets safe, and they come in three main types: landline, wireless and internet. In the digital age, landline systems are less popular because homeowners prefer going wireless as it is more convenient, provides other additional features and is easier to setup. You can do a DIY installation, but it’s advisable to hire professionals; the best home security systems providers will help you to avoid the headaches of drilling, wiring and setting up the equipment correctly.
As you enter the golden age of the digital era, your lifestyle will be greatly influenced by the types of gadgets you use. It’s important to keep these devices safe when in your home since they have become critical in daily life and even hold sensitive information, now more than ever before. Home automation is steadily gaining popularity because it enhances user experience. However, before you decide to buy a particular monitoring system, consider factors like battery backups, wireless equipment, cameras and multiple entry points.