There is a lot to keep private on a smartphone: banking information; contacts & addresses; photos & video; emails, texts and more. Consumers have deep attachments to their mobile devices and a concern over the exposure of personal information. And yet, not all consumers take simple steps to better protect themselves. According to a recent survey, one in 10 people have been victims of phone theft in the U.S.1 and more than 50% of those surveyed admitted to not having a passcode set on their phones2. According to a recent mobile threat report, as bad actors look for new ways to exploit mobile users, 2014 was the year of malware sophistication – numerous new threats, strategies for stealing money from mobile users and stolen information distribution methods surfaced in just the past year 3.
We want to remind you there are some simple and important steps you can take to protect your own mobile privacy. Here is a checklist:
- Lock it: Use a PIN or passcode for your device and change it regularly
- Practice safe surfing: Don’t click on unfamiliar links while browsing on mobile.
- Set it: Check the settings on your device often and make sure you are only sharing the information you want to share
- Have a Plan B: Download a reputable security app – such as Lookout for yourAndroid or iOS device to help keep it safe, to find a lost device, or lock and wipe your data clean if your phone can’t be recovered or to back up your contacts so those important people can always be found.
- Recycle your old device but before recycling, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for wiping your device clean of all data.
- Protect your family – We offer a variety of tools on our privacy and securityproduct web page
* 1 Lookout Mobile Security, Jan. 2013
* 2: Lookout Mobile Security, Jan. 2013