Posted by: hlavine | November 12, 2010

The Not-So-Smart Phone: How to Protect Your Cell Phone From Identity Theft.

Cellular phone theft is on the rise; particularly smartphone theft.  Research shows that the majority of smartphone users fail to password-protect websites, email accounts and contact information.  With the use of smartphones for online banking, stock trading and social networking on the rise, identity theft as a result of smartphone vulnerability has also skyrocketed.  Snuko, U.K. Limited, is a European anti-theft software mogul offering solutions to those wishing to protect their smartphones, as we all should be. The following recommended guidelines will help protect your vital information in the event your smartphone is stolen or lost.

  • Set your password feature: Most phones come with a feature requiring users to enter a pre-set password or set of numbers in order to use the phone.  Always enable this feature on your smartphone.  This will make it more difficult for fraudsters to access your personal data.
  • Install Snuko Anti-Theft for Smartphones: Snuko’s anti-theft system is loaded with features to ensure protection of your vital information and a swift recovery of your phone.  These features, including remote data encryption, GPS tracking and data recovery ensure that your smart phone device will be returned to you uncompromised in the event of loss or theft.
  • Insurance: If your smartphone is very expensive, you may consider adding it to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy.  In the event your phone cannot be located, you will at least be able to replace the device.
  • Be Cautious: Never lend your phone to anyone except in the case of emergency.  Identity thieves can easily swipe your data and steal your information in a matter of seconds.
  • Consider Alternatives: If possible, avoid storing all your priceless data on a device that flies around in your pocket all day.  At the very least, be sure to back up everything saved on your smartphone.

With a 22% increase in identity theft in 2009, smartphone users would be sensible to heavily protect their devices. By following the steps above, your smartphone should be impervious to criminals eager to obtain your priceless information.

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