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How to Protect Your Smartphone from Identity Thieves

Nowadays, many smartphone users store a good amount of personal information on their phones. If their phones got into the wrong hands, it could potentially be devastating.

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Patch file photo.
Losing a smartphone, or having it stolen is sometimes as bad as having a wallet or purse lost or stolen. 

Nowadays, many smartphone users store a good amount of personal information on their phones. If their phones got into the wrong hands, it could potentially be devastating. There are many ways to help prevent becoming a victim of a lost or stolen smartphone. Below are three quick tips. 

1. Set your phone to require a password or passcode each time it is turned on. For more information on how to do so, visit your phone manufacturers' website (i.e., for iPhones, visit www.apple.com/). 

2. Never leave your phone unattended. For example, placing your phone on a table at a fastfood restaurant or coffee shop to reserve the table; then walking away and standing in line. If you must leave your phone, or any other valuable property, make sure to LOCK IT, HIDE IT, or KEEP IT, to prevent its theft. 

3. Use a locator app and/or smartwatch in case you lose your phone. For Apple iPhones, use the app "Find my iPhone." For Samsung Galaxy smartphones, visit http://findmymobile.samsung.com/login.do. For all other makes and models, visit your manufacturer and/or wireless carrier's website. Smartwatches such as the Pebble work with both Android and iPhones, and can emit an audible beep to a lost phone; however, they are connected via bluetooth, so the maximum effective range is approximately 30 feet.

A press release from the Los Angeles Police Department

Marilyn Halpin April 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM
@M- Your Apple device is a closed system which would make it really hard for it to be hacked. You are more likely to be exploited through a Phishing scam where you get an email that looks like it is from a trusted company telling you there's a problem with your account (it could claim to be your bank account, Apple account, Amazon or credit card company, etc) once you log into their fake site they ask for personal information like social security numbers, credit card info, etc. The other thing we see in regards to email accounts being hacked are poor passwords and using public wifi. Hope that helps a bit.
Marilyn Halpin April 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Here's a post we did on setting up Find My iPhone. I recommend having this turned on even if you don't take your iPad outside the house. You can also use it to find your iPad in the house if you are absent minded like me ;-) http://mac-fusion.com/setting-up-and-finding-your-mac-or-ios-device-with-find-my-iphone/
M April 21, 2014 at 07:33 PM
@mailyn, thanks! I appreciate the info. What do you know of or think about yahoo messenger app....pretty safe to use??
Marilyn Halpin April 23, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Hey M, sorry for the late response. Since Apple's iPad is a closed system and you can only load apps from their store, pretty much all of them have been vetted to be not harmful. The biggest issue we see on the iPads are people forgetting to restart them every once in awhile :-) We have free group classes at mac-fusion if you ever wanted to learn more about your iPad! http://mac-fusion.com/classes
M April 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM
Hey thanks Marilyn! I really appreciate the information :-)

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