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Mobile Devices

Be Smart with your Smartphone

With the increased capabilities of smartphones – like iPhone and Android devices come built-in risks for exposure of your personal information. This information, stored on and transmitted through the phone, is highly desired for use by identity thieves.

Social Check-in

"An eye-opening 78 percent of burglars have said that social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare are being used to select properties. 54 percent also said that placing their status and whereabouts on social networking sites was a common mistake made by homeowners.1"

If you're using a social app on your phone to check-in to a location, consider who knows about the check in and if you want others knowing you're not at home.

Taking Pictures

Most smartphones have GPS built-in which provides convenience with directions, shopping and more. But did you know that when you take a photograph with your phone, the GPS coordinates may be embedded into that image? If you share these photos with others or online, it is easy to see where you took that picture.

What Can You Do?

  • Limit the amount of photo sharing you do of family members or other private matters with your phone.
  • Be cautious when checking in to locations using software like Foursquare and Twitter.
  • Always password protect your mobile device.
  • Back up your files - many smartphones have automatic backups. The time to think about backups is not after you lose your device.
  • Be careful when storing and saving sensitive documents on your laptop. If it is stolen the thieves will be able to access them all.
  • Encrypt your laptop to protect against unauthorized viewing of your files if your laptop is stolen.

1. By Shea Bennett, MediaBistro.com, Source: Friedland http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/social-burglars_b14237