With more and more of us carrying around smartphones, it is likely that we are storing personal information on them. And if you think about it, there is a stronger possibility that you’ll lose your cell phone than your laptop.
There are a few necessary steps you can take to protect the data on your phone:
- Password protect your phone – there are security settings on most smartphones, and it is just the easiest, cheapest way to protect your phone. Android Central has instructions for your Droid phone. You can find information for iPhone and BlackBerry here.
- Wi-Fi – turn off your Wi-Fi when you’re not using it. Also try to avoid an unsecured wi-fi connection when possible.
- Phone tracking – Microsoft provides a free application called My Phone for phones using Windows Mobile 6 and newer. Apple has a $99 annual fee for their Find My iPhone app and Android phone users can purchase TheftAware for $15.
A few other things to remember:
- Always monitor your bank and financial accounts. Make sure that you will be notified if a new user registers or an email address is changed since they are a common ways hackers try to get into your account.
- When you sell or donate your phone, make sure you wipe it clean of all your personal data. Many phones have an option in the settings to reset or restore the phone to the factory settings.