Every year, smartphone thefts are on the rise according to consumer reports. This is because many users make the mistake of leaving their phones and tablets someplace they shouldn’t have. If your Huawei smartphone is snatched out of your hand, here’s what you can do to increase your chances of getting it back and keep thieves from accessing your information.
Use any strong password or screen lock
This is your first line of defense against theft or loss. Avoid using an easy 4-digit pin, instead, create an alphanumeric password of at least 8 characters. For example, “12345678” is a weak password but “Maria7890” is a harder one to crack. Another strong password you can create is one that has unintelligible words or phrases in it, say, Mriaa!899. Although this nontrivial password could be much harder to remember, using it will ensure your phone is well-protected.
Install a “find my phone” app
GPS and network connections not only help you find the best shops or the fastest route to your home but also aid you in finding your phone should it go missing. There are free smartphone apps or software that harness this technology such as the one that comes with your Huawei handset which is the Android Device Manager. To enable this feature, first, switch on your phone and connect it to a Wi-Fi network. Then enable the GPS or location tracking so you could find your phone on a map. If your handset goes missing, make sure to do these things and send a command quickly to get your phone’s whereabouts. Do not provide the thief an opportunity to switch off your phone, take off its SIM card or put it in a box protected from wireless connections.
Tape a note on the back of your handset
You may not like this idea since it will mar your phone’s sleek look. However, doing so can increase the chances of getting it back in case it gets lost. On a tiny note, write important details like your email address or work number. Then apply a small strip of shipping tape over the note. The tape works well on metallic or plastic surfaces. If your handset has a rubbery or rough finish, write your info on a small strip of duct tape. You can also use an electrical tape that sticks well to such surfaces. Finally, select a spot on the back of your phone that is not subject to constant rubbing from your palm or fingers. If you don’t like this idea of attaching a note to your phone, you can enter your info in the Owner Info section that is found under the Security submenu in the settings.
Back up your files
Huawei has a free cloud storage service that allows you to backup your files like music, videos, photos, and much more. You can also use other over-the-air backup services like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. It’s easy to upload files on them and retrieve those should you use a different device.
Take note of your phone’s unique serial number
Huawei smartphones have an IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) or MEID (Mobile Equipment Identifier). This is a unique 15-digit serial number that is found in the phone’s circuits, which is difficult to alter. In case your phone gets missing and you report it to the police, they often ask for either of these serial numbers so that they can find a way to recover it. To know your phone’s IMEI or MEID, just check the manual that came with your phone or look for it in the settings. It can also be found etched on the phone’s battery. Another way to determine your handset’s IMEI is by dialing *#06#. A small window will then pop up on your screen that provides the serial number.
Change vital information on your accounts
If you realized your phone is missing and is not anywhere close to you, then go to your computer and log into all your financial, shopping, and other important accounts you have on your phone. Change all their passwords as quickly as you can, starting with your banking and shopping accounts that have your credit card information on file. Then, secure your email information and social network accounts.
Call your credit card company after your phone is gone
This is an imperative procedure if your handset is no longer in your possession. Doing so alerts them to possible fraudulent transactions. The sooner they find out, the easier it will be to file a dispute for unauthorized account charges.
Notify the loss to the police
Informing the police not only speeds up your phone’s recovery but they also help you place a credit freeze on your credit report. Credit report agencies need a copy of the police report before they can freeze your credit. The police report is also an important document when reporting unauthorized transactions on your credit card.