Your smartphone is a complex and wonderful machine, which - along with its small size - also makes it the perfect item for a thief to steal. But new measures are making that activity less lucrative for potential thieves.
Several phone manufacturers have started implementing 'kill switches' into their units. Essentially, this allows you to access the phone after it has been stolen and render it useless to any thief who is planning to sell it on. And the result in pilot schemes has been incredible, with a 40 percent drop in iPhone theft in San Francisco and strong figures in other areas like New York and London.
Apple was the first major company to roll out the facility in a big way, but government officials are working towards laws which require it to be a part of every smarphone. In the meantime, several other companies have started to roll out their own software updates, including Samsung and Google, with an update from Microsoft on the way in 2015.
One point to note is that while Apple's system is on by default, some handsets require users to opt into the scheme. So make sure to dive into your system settings and activate this highly important feature.