How to keep your smartphone safe when travelling
Phones are useful travel tools that can be tempting to thieves. Here's how to keep your phone safe while on holiday and what to do if it does go missing.
Smartphones have quickly become a part of everyday life, helping us do everything from staying in contact with loved ones through to paying for our daily coffee. For many people, smartphones are also a vital travel tool, with trip planner apps (such as arevo) as well as translation services helping us navigate in unfamiliar locations, whether in Australia or overseas. Not to mention how useful they are for capturing holiday snapshots.
But carrying our smartphone with us when travelling, or even when just heading out to the office, puts it at risk of being lost, stolen, broken or compromised. In the year to June 19, 2023 the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) blocked 43,640 phones in Australia, for reasons including theft, loss and fraud. Of those, only 5,971 were eventually unblocked.
Given that many smartphones cost thousands of dollars and can contain sensitive information, it’s important to protect this handy asset when out and about.