Mobile Devices & Identity Theft
Maybe you’re thinking – but I
don’t have anything on my phone that criminals could want. But do you
really know what criminals want? It’s not money – it is information. And in
today’s world of banking apps, digital currencies and electronic
communications, they’re not going to find that information in your wallet but
they are going to find it via our phones.
According to an American report, 1.4 million phones were lost in 2013 while 3.1
million phones were stolen. In Canada, there is good news. Since September 30,
2013, all GSM, HSPA, and LTE devices reported lost or stolen to a Canadian
service provider have been blocked from all Canadian networks. By recording the
International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number from the device, the
Canadian blacklist ensures that it cannot be activated by a carrier for use. But
even before having to resort to the blacklist, there are simple steps you can take to protect the information on your mobile
1) Updates: Smartphones need to be updated when security fixes are developed. Being notified of an update can be annoying but there is a reason for them. Some updates are merely for functionality but some are to fix critical security vulnerabilities that can end up being more of an annoyance than the few minutes an update can take.
software for your mobile device is a necessity. I think we can all
safely say that installing virus protection on our computers and laptops is a
no brainer. But how many of us have security software installed on our mobile
devices? In honour of Data Privacy Day, treat yourself to mobile security
software – it’s the gift that will keep on giving.
Have a unique and secure PIN. This is the ultimate security secret
that so many of us seem to forget. It should have us all going “Duh!”.
Passwords and PINs remain one of the easiest ways for you to secure your
devices, accounts, and personal information from fraud.
4) Think before
you click, open, or download anything. Just like on your computer, be very
weary of where each link is going to take you should you choose to click on it.
If you’re unsure, don’t click.
guaranteed to help make you more productive/ healthy/ sane? Before you download
it on your phone, make sure you read through all of the fine print in the
clear your brain between meetings at work really need to access your camera?
safely. It can be so tempting to tap into free public Wi-Fi and save money
and data but even if something is free it can still come with a cost. In this
case, the cost is your personal information and if you do not have the proper
safeguards put in place to protect your phone, you may be at risk.
7) Backup your
phone’s information. Don’t risk losing all of the information on your phone
should it become lost, stolen or damaged. Save photos and videos, contacts and
To learn more about Data Privacy
Day and the steps we can take year round towards privacy awareness and the
protection of personal information, visit https://safestayonline.org .
Horizons Guard can help you avoid being a victim of identity theft. For just pennies per day, you can be secure that your good name is being protected. Sign up now. Tomorrow may be too late.
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