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- If you still wish to use your data plan, I still recommend you shut off your phone’s access to background data, which is used for checking e-mail and social networking apps.
- If you can get by without using your data plan, simply shut off all mobile network access.
- Purchase a pre-paid SIM card at your destination. (Note: This only works for unlocked phones.)
- Purchase an international data plan with your existing carrier. These options are easy and flexible, but a bit pricey. (Still not as expensive as standard international roaming charges, however.)
- First, use the Android’s built-in screen lock. This alone makes your phone much harder to hack, and is too easy to not do. (If you’re still concerned, I recommend Hidden Lock for adding another layer of security.
- Second, make sure your Bluetooth is turned off. This has the added benefit of preserving your battery life.
- Third, consider a third-party backup tool. With MyBackup, for instance, you can make copies of your data to an SD card or upload your data to the cloud. Be sure to back up the photos and materials you gather as you travel.
- Finally, install a program that can remotely wipe the data from your phone. Lookout Security & Antivirus is one such program, and it has the added benefits of malware protection and the ability for you to locate your phone.
Ashlee McCullen is a staff writer for ApronAddicts.com, a site about fashionable aprons and kitchen style.