To help prevent smart phone theft and protect your personal information, companies and CTIA members created the “Volunteer Smart Phone Anti-Theft Commitment.” This commitment to the consumer – is lost or stolen an additional protection in case of their smart phones – at no cost.
The mobile industry will continue to deploy new technologies and tools to improve the tools of theft prevention equipment. Consumers play a crucial role, and the use of PIN numbers, passwords and other features can help protect your mobile devices and personal information. There are also a number of applications that can locate, block and / or delete your wireless device if it is lost or stolen. Here are the listings for Android, BlackBerry, iOS (Apple), Symbian and Windows.
Remember that your personal security, not the smart phone should always be your number one priority.
BEFORE your smartphone is lost or stolen:
1. Be aware. Know your environment and be aware of how to use your smartphone. Like your handbag or purse, do not draw attention to stealing your smartphone and opportunities for thieves – like leaving the unit on a restaurant table or as strangers to “borrow” for directions.
2. Block it. Once a new smartphone arrives, set a password to protect your device and change it on a regular basis. You can get a step-by-step guide on how to find set your smartphone’s password.
3. Add Apps. Applications can now monitor remote locking and / or deletion of personal data on the smartphone if the device is stolen or lost. In addition, some applications can remotely alarm, so that others know that someone nearby is using a stolen smartphone – or can take a photo of the thief, so they can send it to the police. By adding these applications now, you can better protect your personal data on your smartphone.
4. Save It (Again). If you have photos, emails, contacts, videos or other important information that you would not want to lose if your smartphone is stolen or misplaced, you can safely hold that content regularly on a computer, USB drive or a cloud service.
5. Insurance. You may want to make sure that your device is through your mobile phone company or a third party insurer, so the replacement device is covered in case of theft or loss.
AFTER your smartphone is lost or stolen:
1. Start. If your smartphone is stolen, immediately inform your service provider to avoid incurring unauthorized charges. You can also program the stolen smartphone to the local police and make sure they know what applications you have installed that can help locate the thief. If the device is lost, inform your provider for a “hold” placed on your account, so if it ends up being stolen, you can avoid unauthorized charges.
2. Finding. Your safety should always be your number one priority, so never try to repair your smartphone on your own. But if you have installed applications that can remotely track your smartphone, the application is activated from a secure location. Also, remotely block the smartphone, so the thief can not access your personal information.
3. Delete. If you have sensitive information or think that your smartphone is not being returned, it is best to remotely delete or “delete” the smartphone. Essentially cleaning the smartphone is similar to resetting the default, or factory-installed settings. Also, if your passwords for services or applications you have saved on your smartphone, you need to change them.