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Tech tips for travel #20 - How to find your phone and track your computer

Lost your phone? Or just want to be prepared if you do?

Following on from yesterdays post on protecting your devices with a passcode, I thought I'd make todays post on trying to get your device back if you do lose it. 

Let's just get to the crux of it - make sure you two Apps on your phone or computer.

App for your iPhone or iPad
Make sure you have 'Find my phone' or its equivalent for Android, 'Android device manager'.
You do this by downloading it from the App store, and logging in to it with your iCloud account.
If you ever lose your phone, it is best to login in straight away for your best chance to get a geo location (to prevent issues such as the phone running out of battery, or being deliberately turned off).

App for your computer
Whilst Mac computers are also connected to the 'Find my phone/device' in Apple's iCloud, there is still an extra step worth taking.
Create a visitor account on your computer that isn't password protected, and make sure you have a program called 'Prey' installed. This means that anybody in possession of your computer would be able to login to the visitor account, and the Prey app can take full location data and screenshots of what is being browsed on the computer.

You can find more info on the Prey website, but it is definitely an option worth considering.

What's your tip on keeping your devices protected?

Written by Peter Cain

Peter Cain is the Founder and CEO of, a company committed to making it easier and cheaper to stay connected whilst travelling. You can find him on Twitter and Google+. You can also find dataGO on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+ for all the latest info on local and roaming SIMs and data hotspots.

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