Over the years, our smartphones have effectively replaced our desktop computer, laptop, TV, radio, radio, and ATM cards, among other things. Essentially, the phone has collapsed a lot of devices and gadgets into one device, your smartphone.

However, it also keeps a lot of secrets. You know, your innocent flirt with that stranger online, the neighborhood gossip, and other unprintable things you do you would not want the world to know.

That is the reason most of us guard our smartphone with passphrase, PIN, fingerprint, passwords, face-recognition lock. All in the name of keeping our affairs on the phone away from unwanted eyes having access.

Wait, what if you ever get in trouble?

With all the security you put on your phone, have you ever stopped to think that it could actually work to your disadvantage? Take, for instance, you get involved in an accident. Say you were taking a drive alone in your car, and you got into an accident.

The people who come to your rescue will want to reach out to your next of kin to let them know what happened. At which point, your smartphone will be the first thing they will use to search for close friends and family members in your contact list.

But alas! They will not be able to do that simply because of the tight security in place to lock unauthorized people from accessing it. Things might get worse for you before your family and friends know what happened, and take appropriate actions to come be with you and help where possible.

Have your Cake and Eat it

So do we mean, you should not put security on your phone? No, not by a long short. You can actually have your security protocols in place, but leave your emergency contact numbers accessible from the lockscreen.

That way, in the event of an accident, your rescuers can take your phone, and dial up your emergency contact to let them know what has happened. The emergency contact you should place are close family members or friends, you are sure will come to your aid in the event of an emergency.