Data breaches, and credential theft are so prevalent that it is impossible to say when the next one will happen, or even how many people will be affected. Smartphones have made our lives easier in many ways, but they leave us vulnerable to many forms of fraud. Whether your phone is physically stolen, or the information is skimmed, we need to be more aware of our security.
One of the simplest ways to protect your phone is to have a password on your lock screen. This can usually be achieved through the settings section of the phone. Another safety measure is to make sure you don’t store your passwords for important apps like email or banking. A thief can use those apps just as easily as you and before you know it your savings account is drained. Unfortunately thieves have learned how to hack cell phone carriers as well and can have access to your phone through your service provider. These tips are not meant to intimidate, but to encourage safe smartphone usage.