What does your mobile phone say about you?
The world is getting more security conscious and we are forever hearing about stories of identity fraud or security breaches. If you’re sat there thinking, well that won’t happen to me, think about how much you do on your mobile phone; how much personal information it holds about you. If your phone is lost or stolen, what then?
Consider for a moment what you do on your mobile phone, that mini computer in your pocket. You probably check your bank account, check your PayPal account, buy things online and access public WiFi. And let’s not forget the plethora of social media platforms that you are permanently logged in to, and the amount of data that is available about you on there. When you take time to think about it, you’ll realise that should your phone get stolen someone can find a lot out about you.
The keypad lock is the first level of security that you should activate on your phone. While this might not prevent hardcore crackers accessing your phone, it will prevent the average Joe. It’s simple to do for all phones, just create a passcode of your choosing to unlock your phone when you need to use it.
There are ways of safeguarding your information, preventing your phone from being fully accessed. One way to do this is to encrypt your phone, which means that the information is stored on your phone in a scrambled, unreadable way. This is particularly important when you think of the type of apps you use on your phone. Mobile phone sat-nav is more and more popular, and of course you have “Home” stored; access your phone, access your home address. Similarly exercise tracking apps will give a clear indication of your home address as often this is where a running or cycling route, for example, starts. Encryption secures your information and only when you enter your passcode or PIN is the data decrypted so that you can use your phone as normal. We’ll be bringing you ‘How To’ articles to help you with phone security, so make sure you follow us to keep updated.
You’ve upgraded your phone, what now? Do you throw it away, sell it or pass it onto the kids? Whatever you do with it, you need to make sure that all your personal information has been wiped from it. You’ll find a lot of people telling you that resetting the factory settings will wipe the information off, but this is not sufficient. You may think that the information has gone, but it can be recovered. ITADwise is all about data security and we are pleased to announce that we offer a mobile data erasure service. This is all you need to make sure you can safely pass on your mobile phone, confident that no information can be recovered from it. Contact us for more information about our mobile phone erasure service.