You password-protect your computer, your emails, your online accounts, but do you protect your mobile phone? Over 5.3 billion people around the world have a mobile phone, and for the first time global shipments of smartphones have outpaced global shipments of PC’s.
Think about the data someone would have if your phone were to be lost or stolen; work emails, stored passwords, access to apps, mobile banking sites, the damages are endless. A new survey by Confident Technologies shows that more than half of users polled do not protect their mobile devices. You should use the same password protection on your mobile device that you would for your PC. Create passwords that:
- Are at least 8 characters long
- Incorporate numbers and symbols
- Cannot be found in the dictionary
- Are different for each account that your protect
Try using the first letter in every word of a phrase of at least eight words that has meaning to you.
Source: “Mobile (In)Security” Confident Technologies, September 2011.