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The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 17.6 million Americans experienced identity theft in 2014. And as noted by the Identity Theft Resource Center, ID theft has been the number one consumer complaint to the FTC for 15 years.
6 WAYS BY WHICH YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR SMARTPHONE
1. Be alert
Its a common piece of advice to give but data shows that many smartphones are stolen as they are easy to get at. Never leave your phone unattended in open or visibly exposed in a parked vehicle. While travelling in a bus or train be cautious while using your phone in an exposed manner as thieves can quickly escape through doors or exits at stops.
2. Set a password/pin/pattern
Lock your phone with a password or fingerprint detection. If your phone gets stolen thieves will have to get through that first gate. Set the time on your password lock to be short as well. Make sure you prevent using face lock on your phone, as it is less secure on android. Make sure you have app lock turned on, in some applications such as social media, banking, photos, etc
3. Avoid Public Wi-Fi
If you don't know already, public wi-fi's are connected by 100+ people, which makes your device prone to hijackers resulting in virus attacks or Trojan attacks
4. Know your IMEI number
Two out of three people reporting their theft don't know their phone IMEI number which could be used to track down the phone.
You can also dial *#06# and the IMEI number will appear on your phone’s screen. Save it and send it to yourself for future reference.
5. Create a cloud backup
Contacts, pictures documents and any important data can be saved to a protected data repository such as google drive or cloud.
Not only these applications save your mobile storage but also In case of any mishap offers a steady backup and peace of mind.
6. Install tracking applications
There are plenty of apps that offer tracking your phone controlling it remotely once it is stolen. However, most of the apps stop tracking once the user halts GPS.So keep the GPS turned on. Use Google Find My Device app for locating your device whenever lost, make sure you keep your phone's location always on. It would not drain a lot of battery.