We all rely on our cell phones for more than just phone calls these days. Many of us have our banking apps with our account information, Venmo or another cash transfer apps, a list of our passcodes, and even our valid driver’s license. Think about the information a thief would have access to should they steal your cell phone. Statistics show approximately 160,000 cell phones are stolen each day in the United States. That’s 30 million a year! Don’t be a statistic.
Here are some easy precautions you can take to safeguard your information.
- Ensure you have your phone passcode protected and NEVER give that code to anyone.
- The text message or email that looks to be from your bank may not be. If you receive a request via email or text for account information do not click on it or answer it. Delete it immediately and contact your bank for verification.
- Back up your data.
- If you make a payment or shop from your device, log out of the site once your transaction is complete.
- Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use.
Losing your cell phone could be very costly to you. Follow these easy tips to help protect yourself from becoming one of the statistics.