The 3 rules of a secure cell phone

Big brother is coming after your phone.

The government is increasingly interested in your calls, your movements, and your purchases.  Don’t believe me?  They don’t even need a warrant to seize your records anymore:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57493811-83/federal-court-oks-warrantless-cell-phone-tracking-by-police/

Think about this:  you probably have your credit locked (or you should!); you have locks on your car and your house; you lock and encrypt your bank accounts and investments.  But what is the one thing that has access to all of these things AND knows where you are and what you are saying at all times?

That’s right your cell phone is rapidly becoming the little spy in your pocket.  Here’s how you can secure it today:

  1. Password protect.  This will prevent most casual thieves from stealing your info, but 95% people don’t do this.  Plus if a cop asks for your phone you are not obligated to give the password.  For smartphones, apps like Lookout can be programmed to backup your data and help you find a lost phone.
  2. Encrypt your data.  GadgetTrak offers a service that will encrypt your data and back it up in the cloud.  There are ways around encryption, but this will stop 99% of hackers and police.
  3. Wipe it remotely.  What if the police or criminals steal your phone and go to work hacking into it and getting your passwords, financial information, and recent whereabouts?  Just use GadgetTrak, SeekDroid, or Webroot to remotely wipe your phone’s data.  This can be done from your home computer.

These days you have to remember: the more access you have to your information, the more access everyone else has to your data.  And companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are making sure all those devices are connected together seamlessly.  Hackers could access one service, and then use its features to hack into your other services and steal your information or completely wipe out your data.

Keep your various devices and services separated as much as possible to limit the damage one lost item can do to you and your family.

 

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