Can’t live without your phone? Do you sleep with it beside your bed every night? 

If some of your worst nightmares are about losing your phone, then you might be suffering from “nomophobia”.

 A recent survey conducted by SecurEnvoy in the UK revealed that 66% of respondents are nomophobic, i.e. afraid of being without their phones. People aged between 18 and 24 seem to be the most affected, as 77% admitted they were unable to stay away from their mobile devices, closely followed by the category aged 25 to 34, with 68% of the respondents accepting their “addiction”. The study also showed that people checked their phones 34 times a day, on average, and that the number of people admitting to nomophobia is up 53% from the previous survey conducted by the company 4 years ago.

Just imagine losing your phone and everything on it

Or don’t… if you find yourself among those affected by the “no-mobile-phone-phobia”, it might be painful. However, you might as well accept that accidents happen – your phone can get lost, stolen and even damaged beyond repair because of mobile malware infections. What can you do to avoid such misfortunes? First off, learn more about mobile security.

Here are just 5 basic mobile security tips to get you started:

  • Don’t ever leave your phone unsupervised in public.
  • Download apps only from reputable sites, read permission requests and reviews from other users.
  • Turn off Bluetooth and other connections when not in use.
  • Keep your operating system up-to-date.
  • Install an effective mobile security app to guard your phone against malware and help you easily find your phone in case you misplace it. With BullGuard Mobile Security 10 you can easily track it down via the built-in GPS, lock it or wipe the data off it – to make sure no-one can access your personal information, passwords and financial data – from a remote device, simply by accessing your BullGuard account.

Any other tips you’d like to add? If so, leave them in the comments box below. Also, share these tips with your friends. Especially if they’re showing signs of nomophobia!