Your smartphone was a substantial investment. It very likely contains your contact list, emails, personal photos. How about your credit card and bank statements? Your mobile phone has become a full-fledged computer that stores an incredible amount of your personal data.

Could you imagine running your business without your smartphone? Leaving your house without it?

As amazing as smartphone technology has become, these devices are still incredibly vulnerable to physical damage. Doesn’t it make sense to invest in some solid protection against physical damage to your mobile phone?

I will not claim to be an expert on what’s out there for protecting your smartphone. However, because I continue to accidently drop my iPhone while carrying stuff to my car, I’d like to share with you my personal solution for protecting my iPhone against physical damage.

The mophie juicepack battery case (www.mophie.com) is an incredibly protective battery case providing not only physical protection for your iPhone, it also adds 80 – 120% extra battery life. I wouldn’t know what to do without it.

To keep your screen scratch and crack-free, you might want to consider a screen protector. Have a look at the iPhone Screen Protector Review 2015 for more information.

Protection of your mobile phone should not only include barriers against physical damage, it should also include a plan against theft. Since smartphones have morphed into full-fledged computers with more and more functions, they have also become more attractive to criminals.

What if you dropped your phone and can’t find it? Did you leave it behind somewhere or did someone steal it?

There are steps you can take to help protect your phone and the information it contains before it gets into the wrong hands.

  • Don’t just lock your phone. Use a password as well. If you leave your mobile phone unprotected, all your contacts, emails, text messages and internet history will be easily accessible to anyone who gets their hands on your phone. Do not underestimate the threat of identity theft.
  • Back up your phone regularly. Could you afford to lose all those contacts stored in your phone?
  • Know what to do if your phone is lost or stolen. Find out what your options are for tracking your smartphone. Apple support has great instructions for Find My iPhone.
  • If your phone contains sensitive information, know how to remotely wipe your phone data.
  • Report the theft of your phone not only to your service provider, immediately report it to police as well.