How to Avoid St. Patrick’s Day Mobile Phone Disasters [INFOGRAPHIC]
It can be hard keeping track of your phone on a typical day, but on St. Patty’s Day you might need private security to protect your precious smartphone against not only thieves, but your own drunken self.
The world drinks approximately 5.5 million pints of Guinness any given day, but on St. Patrick’s Day, this number nearly doubles. And that’s just Guinness beer.
And if the heavy drinking wasn’t enough to endanger your smartphone, consider the crowds. The most famous parades draw hundreds of thousands, with 150,000 in New York, 300,000 in Toronto and as many as 483,000 in Dublin. Revelers pack cities throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and even Asia. So it’s no wonder St Patty’s is considered one of the biggest “party holidays” of the year.
With all the people and all the fun, it’s easy to let down your inhibitions and get careless. In one survey, 1,300 of 2,500 adults in the U.K. reported losing phones while drinking. Beyond that, drunk Internet users are notorious for posting too much information on social media. They’re almost certainly more likely to fall victim to malicious ads, spam and URLs. Between the phone losses, accidental oversharing and malicious content, there are plenty of ways to practice bad mobile security.
Luckily, there are a few precautions you can take to avoid mobile phone pitfalls on the big holiday. Try using reliable mobile security apps, activate screen locks, and avoid recycling passwords. Also, if you download apps while drunk or sober only get them from trusted sources. A mere 7% of people back up their information daily, a reminder to all of us to back up important, irreplaceable and sensitive data. Lastly, avoid drinking and posting. You don’t want to wake up and realize your St. Patty’s Day has cost you your job or your reputation. Follow these guidelines and you might not need either the luck of the Irish or that private security to protect you and your phone.