In this world of information and identity th3ft it is no more a privilege to use a cool cell phone and brag about it too! In past, crooks used to require more physical ways to lay their hands on your hard earned money. But with the advancement of technology and the prevalence of electronic transactions, now it is just a matter of wrong steps (plethora of information being conveyed in private conversations being conducted publicly or retrieve the data stored in mobile phones) before you would find your money vanished from your a/c and you would have lost your identity too!
In light of all these facts and potential threats, it is imperative to take concrete defensive action safeguarding your personal information. It can be difficult to sacrifice convenience for safety, but it is a necessity in these electronic times. Remember, it only takes seconds for your personal information to be transmitted to a criminal network. And it takes an experienced cyber-criminal much less time to steal your identity, resources, and good name than it took you to establish them.
Use this list to help you protect your information in this cellular world:
1. Make sure you know the make and model of your phone, the phone number, the serial/IMEI number, the PIN number and the descriptive details of the phone including color, shape, size and identifying features. Taking a picture of your phone is helpful. Staple the picture to a sheet of paper with the details noted above. If your cell phone is ever stolen, the police will need this information to help with their investigation.
2. Contact the network with whom you have service as soon as you realize your cell phone has been stolen. Ask that they block your phone across all networks so service cannot be obtained with another provider.
3. Use the PIN or security lock code option available with your phone to lock your phone when it is not in use. This will keep your valuable personal information safe from a th1ef who gains access to your phone.
4. A limited number of phones have a remote lock capability. If your cell phone has that option, familiarize yourself with how to do it and set up your phone for it. The feature will allow you to lock your cell phone and your memory card.
5. Use an ultraviolet marker to place a security mark on your cell phone and battery. It is recommended that you use two numbers of significance to you. Do NOT use an account or PIN number. You can use your zip code, your house number, a lucky number.
6. Clear your text messages and calendar entries as soon as possible. Entries of significance or sentimental value can be forwarded to your home email and printed out or stored on your computer’s hard drive.
7. Never elect to have passwords saved on your device or to stay logged on to your accounts from your cellular phone. Though it may save you a few precious seconds, it can cause you significant harm which will require a substantial amount of the time you cannot afford to waste.