“This finding highlights the fact that in many cases, regaining possession of lost device may be a losing battle,” according to the study.
If this study sends shivers down your spine, here are some tips for how to protect yourself:
Always protect your phone with a password or a “draw to unlock” pattern.
Use security software designed specifically for smartphones to lock up programs on your phone. Some of these programs can be used to help locate the phone, or to wipe its memory from remote locations.
Don’t lose your cellphone. This falls under the category of “Well, duh.” Nobody loses a smartphone on purpose, obviously. But try to make sure you keep it in you pocket or purse when not in use.
Companies that issue phones to their employees should make sure to train workers on security, and should secure every phone with passwords.
Christopher Maag Contributing writer for Credit.com, Chris graduated with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has reported for a number of publications including The New York Times, TIME magazine and Popular Mechanics. Reach Chris via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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