As the prevalence of mobile devices increases, so does the temptation for thieves to target these devices. The same features that enable your phone/tablet to access the web, also leaves it open to attacks from malware and hackers. You should treat your mobile device just like you would a home computer or wallet.
An unsecured device can lead to the loss of:
- Banking details
- Personal photographs
How can you protect your mobile device?
- Enable PIN
- Set up your device to lock automatically after a period of inactivity
- Only browse reputable websites
- Only install reputable apps (Read user reviews)
- Limit third party apps access to personal information
- Never click 'pop-up' links
- Check bill for irregularities
- Only use secured Wi-Fi connections
- Install anti-theft or loss app such as ‘Find My Phone’
- Know where your phone is at all times. This limits the chances of unauthorised use
- Never store personal information such as banking details or social media passwords on the device
What to do if my mobile device is lost/stolen?
- Contact service provider to suspend your service
- Make a report to local police quoting IMEI number
- If you have tracking software installed on your device, let the police know. Often, apps such as 'Find My Phone' can help locate a mobile device that has been lost or stolen.