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Cell Phone Theft At All Time High

June 12, 2014

According to Consumer Reports.org smart phone theft almost doubled from 1.6 million in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2013. People are becoming more aware that losing or having a $500 device stolen can cost them a lot more than the cost to replace the device. As our dependency and the capability of these devices grows so does the amount of risk involved in losing them. Smart phones contain personal information including email account access (without requiring you to enter your password), account passwords or auto login applications that access everything from your bank account to amazon account.

According to the site only 47% of Smart phone users use a passcode on their smart phone and of that only 11% use a code longer than 4 digits, which is harder to crack.

There are many things you can do to protect yourself in the event your phone is taken. There are applications that can help you locate a missing phone.

May 28, 2014 Lookout, a mobile security firm launched a new feature to their security to help people who fall victim to smart phone theft. Not only does the program involve a location feature allowing you to find the device and sounding an alarm (even when the phone is on silent) from online, it also provides the ability to lock the device down remotely, and your Lookout application will send you an email with a photo and location of the phone.  The company has dubbed the photo a “theftie”.

There are so many different applications that can protect you from being a victim of phone theft and losing all your data. 5 Steps to protect yourself and data.

  • Keep a passcode on your phone.
  • Back up your information.
  • Get a security application, there are plenty of free and paid ones available.
  • Add an anti-virus application
  • Keep track of it. The best way to prevent the information on your phone from being stolen is to keep your phone from being stolen. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your phone in sight  when out in public. If you carry a bag, keep your smart phone in a zipped pocket or at the bottom in order to make it more difficult to reach

To read more about the smart phone theft and protection check out the links below.

Smart phone thefts rose to 3.1 million last year, Consumer Reports find
Lookout launches ‘theftie’ alerts to combat smartphone theft