Many people with smartphones do not protect their personal information correctly. Most smartphones store important personal information such as e-mail addresses, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and more.
Smartphone users pay less attention to the security of their phones than they do to their PCs.
Ondrej Krehel of Identity Theft 911 said consumers too often do not protect the phone with a password, do not encrypt the data on their phones, and they store personal information such as bank account numbers, e-mails, Social Security numbers — including those of their family members — and other confidential information.
Be sure to password-protect a smartphone.
Users should make it a practice to delete their private information from the cache of the smart phone. Many do not even know that such settings exist, Krehel said. If the phone is stolen, criminal can use data-recovery techniques to obtain sensitive data.
A hacking incident also can take place when a malicious SMS message can compromise a vulnerable iPhone. See this report: news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10299378-245.html.
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