It is one of many rational fears that haunt the dreams of international travelers. After enjoying a meal at a local restaurant or getting out of a taxi, the traveler finds they are missing one key item. It is not a purse, wallet, or even a passport. Instead, they find they have a lost their cell phone.
In these modern times, a smartphone is more than a device used to make phone calls. Phones can also double as a map, camera, digital translator, packing tool, and so much more. From our fingertips, we can immediately access a world of information – which can all be lost in an instant, due to an errant move or crafty pickpocket.
Those who have a lost cell phone while traveling abroad should not begin to panic. Instead, it is entirely possible to be reunited with a lost cell phone, or (at the very least) protect the information on the phone. In the event of a lost cell phone while traveling around the world, every traveler should start their search with these tips.
Retrace the last steps before losing the cell phone
Those travelers who lost their cell phone should immediately recalling where they last had it. For example: if you last remember having your cell phone at a restaurant, try contacting or re-visiting the restaurant to see if it was found. If you last remember having the phone in a taxi, try contacting the taxi company to see if it was recovered.
If nobody has found the phone, the next step may include using a tracking application to see if the phone can be found. While a tracking application (like Lookout for Android or Find My Phone for iOS devices) can help users locate a lost phone, these programs only work if the device is connected to a data source, including wireless internet or a cellular data connection. If data on the lost cell phone is turned off, then a tracking app may not work.
If the tracking app does work but your phone is not in a place you recognize, do not attempt to recover the lost cell phone on your own. Instead, contact local law enforcement authorities for help.
Report the lost cell phone to the phone provider and local authorities
If recovering a lost cell phone is out of the question, the next step is to report your loss to the cellular phone provider. Internet phone applications like Skype or other internet calling apps can help travelers connect with their cell phone provider. Otherwise, some telephone providers may be able to help via chat or online messaging services. By contacting your phone provider, access to the lost cell phone can be cut off, potentially preventing fraudulent charges to the phone owner's account.
Once this is complete, the next step is to file a report with the local authorities for the missing phone. Many hotels can help travelers work with local police to report a crime. In addition, a police report may be required if you plan on filing a travel insurance claim for the lost cell phone.
Remotely wipe data off your cell phone
One of the best features of cell phone security software is the ability to control data remotely. With both the Lookout and Find my Phone apps, users can remove their data when a lost cell phone is connected to cellular data or wireless internet. Those who are certain that their cell phones are gone and lost forever can prevent personal information from falling into the wrong hands with a remote data wipe
In addition, there are many steps you can take to protect your data before leaving on your next adventure. Experts suggest setting a strong password and using security apps to make sure your data remains safe.
By using logic to find a lost phone and creating a plan to keep a phone protected, travelers can make sure their personal information stays secure. By following these steps, you can be prepared for the worst, no matter happens to your phone while traveling.
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