Smartphone security Tip – The 5 Steps of Losing A Smartphone

Before You Lose It – Some advice and tips from the CTIA to help educate mobile users on how to protect themselves if their smartphone is lost or stolen.  As part of the industry’s continued education campaign, the Public announcement video takes a light-hearted approach in reminding consumers about the features and apps currently available. The segment will be delivered to television stations across the country along with information reminding consumers about their smartphones’ features and apps, such as passwords and remote locking, locating or erasing in the event the devices are lost or stolen, and are also posted to CTIA’s “Before You Lose It” website (http://beforeyouloseit.org).  BEFORE your smartphone is lost or stolen here’s some tips and a fun video reminder:

  1. Be Aware. Know your surroundings and be cognizant of your smartphone use behavior. Similar to your purse or wallet, it’s best to not call attention to your smartphone and create an opportunity for a thief to steal it
  2. Lock It. As soon as you get a new smartphone, set a hard to guess password to protect your device and change it on a regular basis. If you don’t know how to set a password here are video and print instructions.
  3. Add Apps. There are a number of appsavailable that will remotely track, lock and/or erase your smartphone. In addition, some apps will remote trigger an alarm so people know that smartphone is stolen or take a photo of the thief so you can send it to police.
  4. Save It (Again). If you have photos, emails, contacts, videos or anything else that you want to make sure is available if your smartphone is ever lost or stolen
  5. Insure It. If you are prone to losing things, you may want to consider insuring your device through your wireless provider or a third party

 


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