For many, a smartphone is much like a second brain. It allows you to track countless details while also keeping you informed of the world around you. While your phone is a highly useful tool, we often get into habits of use that actually make it less useful and less helpful. Below here are five dangerous activities and mindsets that you should avoid.
1. Do Not Become Over-Reliant on Your Phone
While we all know you reliance on a smartphone isn't actually making you stupid, it is quite possible to become reliant on your smartphone to a fault, much to the detriment of your own self-reliance. For example, if you come to rely completely on the GPS feature of a smartphone, you’ll eventually reach the point of never really being able to get anywhere yourself.
Another common problem is remembering phone numbers. With a smartphone, you never need to remember numbers because they’re all stored in your contact list. But what happens when you lose your cell phone or lock it inside your car? What if a natural disaster occurs and all cell phone towers are knocked out? If an emergency happens and you can’t even recall the number for your spouse or family, that’s when over-reliance on a phone can be quite dangerous.
2. Do Not Refuse to Pay for a Useful App
iOS and Android users fall victim frequently to this problem. Because there are a lot of free apps that are incredibly helpful and valuable, many people refuse to pay even a dollar for a truly useful app. The truth is, smartphones have heralded a mobile world in which application prices have dropped significantly, and in the grand scheme of things, there are some apps that are well worth their cost, including mobile protection software. If you refuse to even consider a paid app, regardless of how useful it's function is, you're missing out on some truly valuable technology that can really add convenience to your life.
3. Do Not Check Every Notification
Smartphones have the potential to become annoying nuisances and very distracting. Smartphones are equipped with notification software that alerts you when you have an upcoming appointment, when you receive an email, when someone comments on your Facebook status and many other events. Many of us are conditioned to pull out our phones for every notification to see what is happening. Not only is this distracting to ourselves and others around us, it interrupts our interaction with the non-virtual world. Set your phone to silent and learn to check it only occasionally.
4. Do Not Use It While Driving
There has been a lot in the media lately about how dangerous texting while driving can be. Statistics show that this careless activity can actually be more dangerous than drunk driving. You may know better than to text while driving, but the desire to send that message easily overrides better judgment and can result in bad outcomes. Make use of features like iPhone’s Siri to perform voice-to-text messaging. Your end goal should be to keep your eyes and focus on the road.
5. Do Not Fail to Monitor Your Privacy Settings
Smartphones are a repository for personal information, storing much of your personal data. This creates a large security risk because if a thief were to steal your phone, they’d potentially have access to all of that data. In addition to simple thievery, some apps are actually designed to track a little more information than you would feel comfortable sharing. You’ll want to secure your smartphone with a password and enable a remote wipe capability. If you’re suddenly separated from your phone, you can perform a remote wipe and destroy all data on your smartphone’s hard drive.
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