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By: David Payne
How personal information is stolen?
If you own a smart phone, it’s likely that it has become an integral part of your life. Without it, you could feel as if you’re lost (sometimes literally as most of us depend on our smart phone navigation to get around). In a nutshell, we have encapsulated our entire lives in this one handheld device. With all your personal information stored onto a device which could easily get lost or be stolen, it’s something which is quite concerning to information security experts. It’s not just criminals one needs to be concerned about, there are also organizations which are interested in stealing your personal information, such as your email address, personal contacts, bank account number, bank statements, photographs, videos and the list goes on. Whether you know it or not, your personal information could be stolen and wirelessly transferred without you ever feeling a whim of suspicion. So what you do to protect your personal information from leaking?
How to protect your personal information:
Avoid downloading random apps – apps you know little about. In addition, make sure that you read the privacy policy for each application. Quite often is the case, when applications will send out your personal information without your knowledge. However, app developers are legally required to inform the user whether their personal information will be collected. If an application privacy policy does state a clause on collecting personal information, find out what sort of information would be collected and why.
Use your smart phone security setting to your advantage:
Majority of smart phones have built in security settings which let the users control certain applications. Users can allow limited rights to applications which are attempting to access detailed personal information. However, iPhone users may find it easier to control and limit applications access to personal details on their phone, though for Android users there aren’t many options in terms of blocking applications from accessing personal information.
Clear all data before recycling or selling your old smart phone:
If you are planning to purchase or upgrade to a newer, better phone – and plan to sell or perhaps recycle the old one – you should do so diligently. Thus, before getting rid of your old phone, make sure you do a factory reset on it. In addition, if you are also planning to sell it along with its micro SD card, make sure you format your micro SD card. Keep in mind that a factory reset will wipe data only your phone, and doesn’t affect the existing data saved on your SD card.
Prevent data leaks in case of loss or theft:
Smart phones are prone to loss or theft – it’s a known fact – sooner or later you are bound to lose your smart phone or have it stolen. Once that happens, someone – at some point – will try to access your personal information. Although you cannot prevent loss or theft, you can however prevent your personal data from being accessed by criminals, all one has to do, is install an application which can Lock Folders on smart phones.
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