We hope you have the barbeque going and are heading out to a fireworks show to celebrate the 4th of July today, but while you’re out, you should also be aware of your mobile security. According to a recent report released by Asurion, a company that insures electronics, the 4th of July is the riskiest day for your phone and that’s mostly because, admist the festivities, people can misplace their smartphones. So, while we recommend that you keep a tight hold on your phone all day, here are a few tips to help protect your identity if you manage to lose your phone in the celebration.
Lock Your Phone
Before you leave your house, lock your phone. Locking your phone is as simple as changing one item in your security settings, yet only 38% of smartphone users remember to lock their phones, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. While you’re at it, remember to set a safe password or pin. 1-2-3-4 might be easy to remember, but it’s not going to keep a potential thief out of your phone.
Create a Backup
You may not realize how much important information you have on your phone until it’s gone. If you lose your phone those contacts and photos are gone with it. So, remember to periodically backup your phone directly to your computer or to a cloud system. You can also save your most important confidential information in RecordVault
Log Out of Apps
Leaving your favorite apps open and storing log-in information on your phone may be convenient, but it also makes it all too easy for thiefs to track down your information. While the dangers of having your banking app open if your phone falls into the wrong hands are obvious, apps like Facebook can also be used to track down personal information like your mother’s maiden name.
Avoid Unsecure WiFi and Shady Apps
While you’re out today trying to get cell phone service, it may be tempting to log-in to an unsecure WiFi network, but be aware, by using unsecure WiFi networks you could be setting yourself up for identity theft. Open networks are more prone to hackers, so it’s better to avoid them altogether.
While you’re on your phone, it might also be tempting to download a 4th of July themed app. But getting 4th of July themed wallpaper is not worth the risk of ending up with malware on your phone. Ensure that apps are real by checking the reviews, description, and doing some internet research before downloading anything.
From your friends at RecordVault
, have a safe and secure 4th of July!