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Six Ways I Protect My Phone

by Bill Sweeney

A smart phone.

A cell phone.

A mobile.

An iPhone.

A phone.

A lifeline.

Whatever it is you’d like to call it, these devices have become an absolutely integral part of our lives. It’s amazing how fast it’s all happened, really. When did the iPhone come out? 2007? It’s amazing that in the decade since it’s release, the world has been completely caught up in cell phone hysteria. From the very young to the very old and just about everyone in between, people are calling, surfing, texting, FaceTiming, and playing 1000s of different types of games. You get your news, entertainment, banking, and so much more. Just about every facet of life now seems to have an app and a mobile phone component.

For Vera and I, it tends to be even more important. For us, it’s truly integral to our daily lives. We need immediate access to emails, texts, news, and social media. We literally have to be on almost 24/7 to stat in touch and to keep out businesses chugging along. It’s this virtual world that makes our actual world that much more fruitful. We can see out kids more often and travel more. We can be untethered to a desk and an office. We have more freedom in some ways and less in others. Overall, though, I don’t think I would have it any other way. The “old’ life I had at my desk job seems like another life, another time. I’m a digital guy in an increasingly digital world. And I’m cool with all of that.

With all that being said, I think you can see that my iPhone 7 Plus is an integral part of my life. What does one need to do with anything so important? Well, you have to protect it, right? We all know too well what it’s like to lose or damage you phone. It can cause panic and hysteria. To help mitigate any meltdowns, I do a few things to ensure that my phone stays safe and, um, “healthy.”

Six Ways To Protect Your Phone From Disaster

  • First, I make sure I perform very regular back-ups. I’m not 100% sold on the iCloud back-up, but I do a direct back-up to iTunes on my laptop almost every night. I also back-up certain data on the cloud just to be safe.
  • Second, I began to put some important documents up in the cloud. Yes, I know there are some security issues to worry about, but the chances of having an issue in a secure cloud environment are probably almost the same as not having it in the cloud. But at least it’s stored remotely in a secure environment, right?
  • Third, I have Find My iPhone turned on and active on every device I have. My phone, iPad, and MacBook, along with everyone in the family. This is great for a number of reasons. You can literally see exactly where the device is at all times, you can ping it to chime if you’ve lost it (seems like every day for the kids), and you can wipe the phone clean if you really think it’s been stolen or lost for good.
  • Fourth, I use Touch ID whenever possible, but also have a number of pins and passwords to get onto just about every app I have. Sure, it takes a few extra seconds, but it’s well worth the trouble.
  • Fifth, I always keep my phone in my left pocket and everything else (especially keys) in other pockets. I know where it is and I know that nothing with scratch or damage it. I’ve also been tracking my steps on the Health app, so it’s good to have it there at all times! I also always put my phone next to my bed to charge at night so I know where it is and I know I won’t run out of battery on most days.
  • Finally, I Guard My Gear using an OtterBox Commuter Phone Case I picked up at Best Buy. This case is the absolute best case I’ve come across, and I’ve checked out many.

I turned to the OtterBox Commuter Phone Case for a number of important reasons. First, see above. I realized how important the phone is to me. I also realized that Otterbox makes the best cases really built to take a beating. When I recently started to get much more active and in shape, this was key. The case is perfect for active use, be it indoors or outdoors. Let’s face it, phones drop, especially if you take one out of your pocket to answer a call when jogging. Yes, I know from experience (I can’t be the only one, right?). This is a case that can take being dropped and come out of it like a champ. Whether you are hiking, biking, running, playing sports, or rock climbing, this bad baby absorbs shock from drops and tumbles while rocking a scratch-resistant shell. Dude…take a look at this Certified Drop Protection:

OTTERBOX CERTIFIED DROP+ PROTECTION

What do 24+ tests and 238+ hours of testing mean to you? They mean your OtterBox case is ready to dive into your day without a second thought — just like you are. OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection means drops, bumps and fumbles are just the beginning. It means your device is protected from the barrage of wear & tear you subject it to everyday.

  • #1 most trusted brand in cell phone case protection*
  • 24+ tests and 238+ hours of testing
  • Day in, day out — your device is protected.

Between the hard case and the soft shell, the case is designed for a streamlined fit, this 2-layer iPhone 7 Plus case hugs every corner without excess bulk. It’s a home-run and it comes in awesome colors adn styles, too. The Commuter Case is a rugged case that is also slim and agile, ready to rock when and how you need it to! If you value your phone as much as I do, then I think this is the case for you.

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 

*Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service: Cell Phone Device Protection/Units Sold 9/2014 – 8/2015.

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Six Ways I Protect My Phone was last modified: May 27th, 2017 by Bill Sweeney

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16 comments

Marysa May 30, 2017 - 6:47 AM

I love Otterbox! I have used their cases for years. I love all the color options too, sometimes I like to switch it up. I can’t tell you how many times I have dropped my phone, and it’s never been damaged.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 30, 2017 - 7:13 AM

I have an Otterbox case, and I love it. I travel all the time, and I have an unfortunate habit of dropping my phone. Otterbox has protected it every single time!

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Kelly Hutchinson May 30, 2017 - 1:20 PM

I just bought a new phone, so I need to get mine in the safety zone. I do have a great case, so I am feeling good about that. I love Otterbox, but they son’t have any cases for the new S8 yet.

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Natalie May 30, 2017 - 3:42 PM

I recently upgraded to an iPhone and got a new case and screen protector. I will keep Otterbox in mind for next time!

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Joely Smith May 30, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Otter has saved my cell phones from disaster MANY times! They truly are the best of the best!

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Amanda May 30, 2017 - 6:20 PM

I use an Otter Box for my phone and it has been a life saver. I can’t tell you how many times I have dropped my phone but it is still in perfect condition thanks to the case!

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Dogvills May 30, 2017 - 8:39 PM

I love that this is not bulky like my other Otter phone cases. I want this!

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ricci May 31, 2017 - 12:49 AM

AMEN to regular backups!! I never realized how important these were until my phone died and I had to get a replacement and hadn’t backed mine up in a few weeks. That was TERRIBLE!!

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Melissa Dixon May 31, 2017 - 10:28 AM

These phones are so pricey it makes sense to protect them in any way that you can. I am all about preventative care!

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uprunforlife May 31, 2017 - 1:06 PM

I really need to add a password to my phone. I used to do this but stopped when I got my new phone. After my surgery, I left it unlocked so that my husband could use it check my email accounts and social media. If someone got my phone, I would be devastated. I am almost to an upgrade point but don’t plan on upgrading until I really need a new phone.

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adriana May 31, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Otterbox is the best! I love their cases and lately they’ve come out with cases that are protective but not overly bulky. It’s the best of both worlds! Love this post!

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Karlyn Cruz May 31, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Sometimes it’s a hassle to backup file or put lots of passwords on every app but I believe it is worth it. Thanks for sharing those wonderful tips that I can use.

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Lynndee May 31, 2017 - 2:53 PM

I protect my iPhone the same way as yours. The only difference is the kind of phone case I am using. It’s not OtterBox. After reading this, I think I must grab me one.

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Jasmine Eclipse May 31, 2017 - 9:42 PM

Otterbox cases are the best!! I had one once, but it was for my older iPhone. Now I have a big one and a simple case… but I should invest in a stronger one

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Carol Cassara May 31, 2017 - 10:37 PM

Back-ups will save your life, to be honest. I think these are all awesome ideas and it’s a must to keep your phone protected in different ways.

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Jennifer G June 6, 2017 - 2:00 PM

I really need to add a password to my phone! I never use one just because I don’t really leave the home. I work from home too so I haven’t really thought of it. It’s a good idea to protect your phone though because there is a lot of valuable information stored there. Great ideas thank you!

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