02 December 2013
Data security is a major concern for anyone with a smartphone, because these devices have become the hubs for our social and work activities, which means they are often packed with precious and private information that should not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. Should you lose your phone, or find that it has been stolen, then all of this data is put at risk of being compromised, which could result in your identity being stolen or your employer suffering serious consequences which might jeopardise your position within the organisation. But what can you do to protect the data which is stored on your phone and is there any way to recover it if it is lost or stolen?
If you are at all worried about the data found on your mobile, you need to do more than buy a phone case to protect the physical integrity of the handset itself. At the very least you should use a lock screen with a pass code to ensure that casual third parties cannot quickly gain access to it. You should also make the code hard to guess, because going for 1234 or 4321 is not going to be a sensible selection. Phones like the iPhone 5S and HTC One Max have built in fingerprint scanners which also provide protection without the need to remember a code, so look out for this type of device if you are forgetful but still in need of data protection.
Finding a Phone
Most modern smartphone operating systems have the ability to use a phone's GPS connectivity to let you remotely find out the location of a lost or stolen device, usually by using a browser-based interface that means you can pinpoint it from your PC. As long as your phone is still turned on this will let you find out where it has ended up and you can either use this information to locate it yourself, or pass it on to the police if you fear that a third party may be involved. You may need to set up the 'find my phone' feature before it is accessible, so do this at the earliest possible stage to avoid being caught out. You should also be able to remotely lock your handset and even erase all of the information that it contains, which may be a bit of a slash and burn approach but does mean that it will not be available to any malicious outsider.
Backup & Recovery
Backing up the data contained on your phone is a good idea, especially if you synchronise the information on a regular basis. You may need to do this by plugging it into your PC via USB, or through Wi-Fi connectivity, while some systems let you automatically store information on the cloud so that it is easily restored if an individual device is lost or stolen. Smartphone makers provide users with a range of protections today, so to keep your data safe you simply need to have the presence of mind to actually use them.
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Rahima Aktar on Monday, December 02, 2013 · Leave a Comment