‘Tis the season to leave your phone or other mobile device in the back of a cab, according to a survey of cab drivers. Thankfully, Credant Technologies has 12 tips to make sure a lost mobile phone, smartphone or other mobile device doesn’t mean a loss of personal and corporate identity as well…
Back-up your mobile device regularly.
If you have important and sensitive company data on your mobile device get your IT department to encrypt it – they can do this remotely – meaning only you can read it!
Use a strong password on all your devices, one that combines numbers, letters and symbols.
Put your name and number on your device with details of a reward if found and returned.
Use your device’s security features to stop others getting access to it – such as the Personal Identification Number (PIN) number.
Use your head – don’t keep data on your laptop or mobile phone that others could use against you – such as revealing pictures.
Don’t save old SMS or emails on your handset that you don’t need anymore. It’s a constant surprise how many people keep their default password emails on their mobiles and other hugely sensitive information like PINs, bank account details or passwords!
Check your message folders such as Drafts, Saved and Outbox as there will be lots of information you just don’t need to keep there. Also, look at your call list of recently used numbers and delete any you no longer need.
Physically mark your handset with personal information. This will greatly reduce the second-hand value of the mobile if it is stolen.
Record your IMEI number! Every mobile phone has a unique 15-digit electronic serial number that can be found by dialling *#06#.
Notify your network carrier AND the police immediately in the event of loss or theft. Tell them your IMEI number and any other identifying features on your phone. (PS. If the device contains company data – emails, customer or employee records, documents, etc – inform your employer also. They may be required to inform the appropriate authorities or a potential data breach)
Don’t leave your device open to access, for example by leaving Bluetooth or WiFi on, visible and unsecured.