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Don’t want your phone’s data to travel with you?

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Here are 3 ways to help protect your phone's data when you're traveling.

These days, records of your entire life – contacts, search history, emails, schedules, app preferences and more – can live in one smartphone. That's why it's so important to protect that data when you're out and about, especially when you're traveling. Here are 3 ways you can help protect that critical data, whether you're taking a road trip or flying halfway across the world.

1. Get a cheap, travel-only device.

One easy way to get peace of mind, especially for a longer trip or trip abroad, is to get a cheap device to suit your basic connectivity needs while you're away. That way, you can call, text or browse when you need to, without having to worry about losing your main phone or compromising the data it stores.

2. Back up your existing phone, then wipe it.

Another possibility is keeping your existing phone, backing up the data it holds, and then resetting it to factory settings right before your trip. Once you get back from your travels, you can simply wipe any data you stored while traveling (or keep it) and restore the data you had backed up beforehand.

3. Leaving your SIM card at home.

Without your SIM card, the cellular part of your phone won't work, but you should still be able to connect to (secure!) internet during your travels. Since your SIM card stores data on your phone, leaving it at home may keep it safer from risks as you travel.

Whether or not you decide to take your cell phone data on a trip ultimately depends on you, your comfort with risks, and your technical knowhow. Just knowing you have options may give you the peace of mind you need to relax, whether you're traveling for business or vacationing.

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