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admin2 On December - 28 - 2012

If your mobile device is lost or stolen, all of your personally identifiable information (PII) is at risk. This includes your contacts list, texts, e-mail, sent and received phone calls, all install apps, photos, videos, etc.

Take precautions now to avoid a serious compromise of your PII in the future. There are 3 major security measures you should implement. First of all, install a local storage encryption tool. Make sure this tool requires an unlock password to be manually entered each time access to an encrypted file is attempted.

Second, encrypt all of your data files. Some phones offer encryption for almost everything on the phone. If this feature is available, use it.

The third thing to do is install or configure remote wiping services. In the event you lose your phone and are unable to recover it, or you phone is stolen, remote wipe will delete all the contents of your phone once the device re-connects to the Internet to receive the deletion signal.

It’s a good idea to consider what problems you could face if your mobile phone was taken by a thief. Consider what a criminal could do with the data that you store on your phone. How much of that data is necessary to keep on the phone at all times? Reduce the amount of PII on your phone. It’s good to make a habit of clearing out anything you don’t really need there.

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