What’s Covered (and Not Covered) in Our Protection Plans

whats covered in a protection planHave you ever been confused about what’s covered (and not covered) in our protection plans? You’re not alone.  There are differences between our protection plan and your original manufacturer’s warranty.  Our quick video below explains it all.



What’s covered:

- water damage

- mechanical failure

- surge protection

- cracked screens


What’s not covered:

- pre-existing damage

- intentional damage

- theft or loss

- cosmetic damage



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Senator Graham Just Demolished His Old Phone. Here are 10 Other Crazy Ways People Have Destroyed Their Phones.

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You may have heard that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham took his frustrations with Donald Trump out on his old cellphone after he was responsible for an influx of calls after giving out Graham’s personal cellphone number.


In a video shot by the IJReview, Graham found plenty of different ways to lay the smackdown on his old flip phone.


He also tweeted that he’s now shopping for a new phone.


We’d like to remind Graham, and anyone else who’s currently shopping for a new phone, that a smartphone protection plan is a good idea to help protect his next phone from succumbing to damage that happens from everyday oops moments – or other political frustrations.


In honor of Graham’s cell phone beat down, here are the top 10 craziest ways Protect Your Bubble has heard of people destroying their old phones.


1.      Dropping into a fondue pot of boiling oil

Let phone simmer for 3min for crispy edge

2.      Dropping it on the train track

3.      Dropping it into the Grand Canyon

Protip: use a selfie stick at the GC

4.      Stepping on it with a stiletto heel

5.      Dropping it into the ocean while trying to capture a surfing video

6.      Dropping it into the campfire during s’mores

7.      Not securing it enough when skydiving

If only you could buy a parachute for your phone

8.      Walking into a pole while texting and walking, dropping onto the ground and smashing

9.      Spilling acid on it at the lab

10.    And of course, letting any child play with it

child with phone

A phone's worst enemy - children!


Congratulations on upgrading your phone, Sen. Graham. We’re here to protect your phone, as well as the devices of all running presidential candidates and voters.


*Disclaimer* Protect Your Bubble is not affiliated with Sen. Graham or any other running presidential candidates.  We just hate seeing broken phones & broken hearts.



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5 Must-Have Security Apps for your Android Phone

security apps for android

Our phones are our digital lifelines, a technological extension of ourselves. And the moment we lose or break our phone, most of us become pretty much unable to function (c’mon, you’ve been there). Fortunately, we can shield our phones with a good phone case and a phone protection plan to prevent such a tragic demise. And as we protect our phones with cases and protection plans, keep in mind, our phones can protect us too. Your phone can serve as a mobile security tool for safeguarding your home, passwords, data, personal safety and more. Turn your Android device into your first line of defense with the following apps.


1. Vivint

vivint house app manager

Two things in life need protection the most—your home and heart (because your home is where the heart is) (or rather, because heartbreak hurts like hell and your home contains all your possessions). You can’t download an app to prevent heartbreak, but you can install an app to enhance home security. Vivint mobile apps remotely manage and monitor your home’s smart and security systems from anywhere at anytime. Features include video surveillance, electronic door locks and arming/disarming your security system. You can also receive notifications about any distressing home activity like flooding or water leaks.


2. Keeper Password Manager

You’ve probably created dozens and dozens of passwords—passwords for work email, personal email, computer logins, social media accounts, online shopping accounts, your bank account, and the list goes on and on. A single password hack can expose sensitive private information and cause devastating outcomes, including identity theft. Keeper Password Manager provides protection against hackers as a secure and convenient password managing system. Store passwords, logins, credit card numbers, bank account information, confidential files, photos, important documents and videos in an encrypted, private digital vault. The app also protects your privacy by generating high-strength passwords and syncs to all your devices.


3. SpiderOak

SpiderOak app

Your phone is more than a communications device; it can be used as a mobile database for accessing, viewing and sharing personal files and documents. With SpiderOak, you can securely back up and access your data right from your Android device. SpiderOak is a 100 percent privacy-oriented, “zero-knowledge” cloud technology company that enables data backup, access and sharing in a secure and easy process. You can be assured that your files are stored and backed up across all your devices. SpiderOak’s “zero-knowledge” policy means your password will only exist in the server memory during the browsing session. It’s stored in encrypted memory and destroyed without a trace once your browsing session ends.


4. 360 Security

360 Security is a multi-layer antivirus app built to protect your Android phone against viruses, malware, system vulnerabilities and privacy risks in real time. Not only is 360 Security a premium mobile security app, it boosts your phone’s speed, frees available storage space on the SD card, locks apps for privacy and deletes your system’s application caches and junk files for enhanced performance. Use the One Tap Clean feature to reclaim memory space, power saver to optimize battery and anti-theft features to help protect and retrieve your device if lost.


5. Guardly

guardly 911 app

Your Android phone can be a lifesaver during a dicey situation. Guardly is the fastest way to send emergency alerts to friends and family or contact 911. With one quick tap, you can reach up to 15 personal contacts via email, phone call or text message. The app’s interface also enables you to quickly make an emergency call, even if your phone’s locked. Personal contacts or emergency personnel can locate you using Guardly’s advanced GPS, and Guardly’s indoor positioning system provides phone dispatchers with your real-time indoor location during an emergency, which can greatly reduce response times.



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Protect your iPhone: It’s the Brand Most Likely to be Stolen

iphone most likely to be stolen

To you, your smartphone is more than a high-tech device; it’s a pocket-sized extension of yourself. To thieves, smartphones are part of the business plan, a way to fetch money and sensitive personal data. Our mobile devices are so important, many of us are willing to pay top dollar for their safe return—in a poll by the mobile security firm Lookout, one-third of theft victims said they would pay $1,000 to retrieve their stolen smartphones. And if you’re an iPhone user, you’re more likely to have your device stolen. Apple Insider reports iPhones are 65 percent more likely to go missing over other smartphones.


Don’t think about ditching your iPhone for a larceny-free option either, unless you’re willing to go back to a ’90s-era data-free flip phone. About 3.1 million American consumers were victims of smartphone theft in 2013, according to Consumer Reports. Although iPhones were the most commonly targeted, switching brands isn’t the answer; all mobile devices are subject to theft. Instead, take extra precautions to protect your device and the personal information it contains.


Security Woes

charging iphone

The miscreants who know the ins and outs of the black market resale racket are appropriately dubbed “Apple pickers.” These thieves have little trouble wiping personal information from a device without triggering a tracking device. If a phone isn’t password-protected, it can easily be reset by its new user. Your iPhone does provide helpful tracking features—but if it’s not location-enabled, your device is good as gone.


Safeguard Your Phone

viewing iphone on bench

From bank account logins and passwords to home addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers, our phones store our most sensitive private information. Additionally, the memories captured and stored in our devices are priceless, and losing them can be devastating. This data is so important that according to the Lookout survey, 68 percent of smartphone owners are willing to risk their personal safety to ensure a timely reunion with their digital other half. By taking these proactive security measures, you won’t have to risk your life to recoup your valuable data.


Start with identity theft protection. Many companies offer credit monitoring, identity monitoring, and fraud alerts for suspicious activity. This goes a long way if your sensitive personal data is compromised. Hackers can ruin your credit, take out fraudulent loans, and more.


Set a passcode. This is one of the simplest and oft-ignored security tips. Block access to your phone by setting a passcode to the home screen.


Turn on Find My iPhone. Approximately 1.4 million smartphones were lost or stolen and never recovered last year, according to Consumer Reports. Turn on this important security feature—it gives authorities a better chance of recovering your device.


Pay attention. Forty-four percent of smartphones were stolen after owners forgot them at a public place like a restaurant, bar or club. Ensure your phone is put away in your front pocket, purse or anywhere except the table top.



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Phone Cases: Necessity or Accessory?

To case or not to case, that is the question. We did a consumer study to find out how people use their phone cases. The results point to phone cases being used more for functionality than aesthetics. However, a large number of people still prioritize a fashion forward case over its phone protection.  Check out what we found below.


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phone case infographic

  • 34% of people have dropped & cracked their phone despite having a case on it.
  • 62% of consumers cite “protection” as main reason for using a case.
  • 33% spend more than $25 on their phone case.
  • 28% of men say “accessorizing” is their main reason for using a phone case.
  • 72% says cracked screens is their main concern what it comes to phone damage.


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