11 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone From a Thief

Make sure the personal info on your phone doesn't fall into the wrong hands

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ANTI-THEFT SOFTWARE FEATURES

To ensure maximum security the installation of anti-theft software—which uses the GPS positioning of the phone as part of its security features—is mandatory. Listed below are some of the features and software options that are available.

Remote Swiping: Most smartphone’s give you the ability to erase data remotely to ensure that sensitive information is removed in the event your phone is lost or stolen. All the data is backed up and can be easily restored.

Data Encryption: Most smartphone’s give you the ability to encrypt your data. For instance, in iOS4 Apple allows you to set a password in iTunes to activate the encryption functionality.

Install Anti-Theft Software: There are a variety of anti-theft apps available, including free and paid versions. Among the former are Apple’s Find My Phone, which is free for anyone with an iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch (iOS 4.2 or later required); F-Secure Anti-Theft for Mobile, which lets you locate and lock your Android or wipe the data if it’s gone forever; Microsoft’s Find My Phone, which enables users to erase, ring or locate your phone on a map; and R.I.M.’s Blackberry Protect, which enables you to wirelessly backup, locate and restore your BlackBerry smartphone. Then on the paid side there’s Gadget Trek, which is a leading anti-theft software that’s available on the iPhone, Android, Blackberry for Smartphone’s, tablets, and laptops.

Smartphone’s are designed to be anywhere, anytime products that have unlocked a whole new world for business and personal users. Activating the security features and installing anti-thief software will only take a few moments. Make sure your smartphone is secure in the case of an emergency.

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