5 Tips To Help Protect Data On Your Mobile

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Unfortunately, most of us do not take any specific security measures to ensure our mobile data is safe. Yet as our mobiles continue to hold more and more personal and private data, including banking login details, so the need to secure that data grows.

Wired has published 4 tips for protecting the private data on your phone, including:

  • Register your phone’s IMEI number – the IMEI number is unique to your phone, and is used by your phone company to block the phone in the event of loss or theft. By registering your number it is easier to notify the police, insurers and second-hand trade of its loss, to minimise the chance of it being used by others.
  • Remotely wipe all data – there are tools available for certain makes of phone which allow you to wipe the data on the phone remotely from your PC.

We’d also recommend the very simple tip of setting up a PIN to access your phone, whilst this doesn’t provide a massive amount of security if someone has physical access to your phone and a few hours to play with it, it will stop anyone casually viewing your data if you leave your phone unattended anywhere.

Do you worry about the data stored on your mobile phone? If so, do you have any other tips for securing the data? Let us know in the comments below.

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