What Our Phones Can Reveal About Us
Losing a phone can turn your day upside down - but if you're not careful, the impact can be far worse than that. Studies report that identity fraud has risen 13% since 2010, which is attributed partially to the growing
popularity of smartphones. So what's a smart owner to do? Check out these precautionary tips to keep your phone safe, and find out what to do if your phone goes missing.
#1 People are noisy
A computer security firm recently "lost" 50 smartphones around the U.S. and Canada and tracked the phones' changing locations as well as what the finders looked at on the phones.
- Checked social networking tools and personal email - 60%.
- Only 50% of finders offered to return the gadgets, even though the owner's name was clearly listed in the contacts file.
- Clicked on a file named "saved passwords" - 57%.
- Clicked on an app labeled "online banking" - 43%.
- Overall, finders clicked on something they shouldn't have.
- 3/4 of smartphone owners do not password protect their phones. doing so may slow down the time it takes someone to access your data.
#2 What information can a phone reveal?
This can vary from user to user, but some of the personal information a smartphone can reveal includes:
- Text messages.
- Email accounts.
- Bank accounts.
- Location check-ins.
- Social networking profiles.
- Photo albums.
- Personal addresses.
- Browsing history.
- Anything else the phone is used for.
#3 Prepare for the worst
No one wants to think about losing their phone, but taking some precautionary measures may help in the event it is stolen. Some apps you may want to check out include:
- Gadget Track (iOS). Remotely take photos then email them to yourself to help catch the thief.
- Cylay (Jailbroken iOS). Backs-up data, shows phone's location, deletes all info on the phone and more.
- iGotYa (Jailbroken iOS). Like Gadget Track, it will take a photo of the phone's finder and send you its location.
- Where's My Droid (Android). Turns up the ringer's volume to ring loudly; allows you to track your phone via GPS.
- Lookout (Android). Locates lost phone, activates loud alarms, and backs-up contacts.
- Plan B (Android). App can be downloaded after the phone is lost to send you phone's location.
- Change your lock-screen wallpaper so it displays your contact information, and an alternative phone number. Do not include your home address for security reasons.
- Enable an auto erase feature that will wipe your phone after 10 failed passcode attempts.
#4 What do if you lose your phone
Once you realized your phone has been lost, try one last effort to find it - and if it doesn't work, take measures to protect your identity.
- Contact your phone company to report the phone as lost or stolen, and shutdown the account.
- Locate your phone via "Find my iPhone", a free feature without a MobileMe subscription. You can see where your phone is via GPS coordinates.
- Change all of your logins and passwords to email accounts and other online services.
- Deny access to your device by services like Facebook and Twitter.
- Consider insurance for next time.
If you find a phone:
- Turn it into a police officer.
- Turn it into the nearest business or lost and found.
- Determine the service provider and deliver it to the proper store (Sprint, AT&T, etc).
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