Did you know that mobile identity theft is the fastest-growing form of identity theft? According to Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Report, there was one victim of identity theft every two seconds in the United States in 2013 alone. And with total worldwide smartphone ownership expected to reach the two billion mark sometime in 2015, there will be even more opportunities available for enterprising thieves.
Understandably, mobile phone security is a major concern. If you misplace your phone and it falls into the wrong hands, the possessor can gain access to your essential personal and financial information. Savvy cyber crooks can even steal your identity when you’re shopping online or using your device in a public place.
Make Cell Phone Security a Top Priority
Don’t make yourself an easy mobile identity theft target. Take a proactive approach to mobile phone security by implementing the following protective measures:
- Make sure you’re shopping on secure sites — Some online shopping sites are more secure than others. By making purchases only from sites with an “s” in the URL (as in https://…) you’re assured that the seller has implemented an extra level of security.
- Password-protect your device — Taking the time to plug in a password each time you use your device will make it harder for someone to hack in should you lose it.
- Be careful when using public WiFi networks — Try to avoid using the unsecured WiFi connections that are often found in public WiFi hotspots. If the connection is unsecured, never share sensitive information such as credit card numbers or passwords. Also be sure to disable the feature that automatically connects you to any available WiFi network.
- Download a trusted mobile phone security app — You probably have some type of security software installed on your desktop or laptop. There are also reliable mobile phone security apps that will protect your device, many of which can be downloaded for free. One popular option is ID Theft Solutions, which is operated by law enforcement officials.
- Install a “find your phone” app — There are also multiple apps that can help you find your phone if you lose it, or help the finder get in touch with you. Examples include Find My iPhone and Norton Mobile Security.
Keeping your cell phone secure may not be easy, but it’s essential for protecting your identity. If you’re looking to buy a more secure cell phone and want to sell your old one for cash, contact The Whiz Cells — we can help!