Tis the season to lose your device

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Thousands of mobile devices could be lost in the Christmas party season and lead to security headaches

Thousands of mobile devices could be lost in the Christmas party season and lead to security headaches.


Michael Callahan, VP global marketing at Credant Technologies, has warned owners of smartphones and BlackBerrys to ensure that they have a strong password, and to be aware of sensitive data on the device.


Callahan said: “Could someone pick it up and assume your identity? If so, what can you do to make sure that if you do lose your mobile phone or smartphone you don't lose your entire personal and corporate identity with it?”


Credant has offered 12 top tips to ensure that if a device is lost in the party season, there is no need for a crisis.


1 - Back-up your smartphone's data - download any important data back onto your computer with all your contact names and numbers - imagine how lost you'd be without all of these contacts.


2 – If you have important and sensitive data on your smartphone that is work related, then under the data protection act you are required to adequately protect this information. Get your IT department to encrypt your smartphone or any mobile device that is owned by the company, they can do this remotely - then you've nothing to worry about because no one apart from yourself will ever be able to read it.


3 - Use a strong password on your smartphone, just as you would on your laptop or work PC that combines numbers, letters and symbols.


4 - Put your name and number with details of a reward on the smartphone if found and returned.  NB - This will make sure a sympathetic person returns the handset to you.


5 - Use your smartphone's security features - such as the PIN number, which only you know, to stop others getting access to it.


6 - Use your head - don't keep data on your phone that others could use against you - such as revealing pictures.


7 - Don't save old SMS or emails on your handset that you don't need anymore - you'd be surprised how many people keep their default password emails on their mobiles and other hugely sensitive information such as PINs, bank account details or passwords.

8 - Check your message folders such as drafts, saved and outbox, as there will be lots of information you just don't need to keep there. Look at your call list - delete any numbers you no longer need.


9 – Physically mark your handset with personal information. This will greatly reduce the second-hand value of the mobile if it is stolen.


10 - Record your IMEI. Every mobile phone has a unique 15-digit electronic serial number that can be referenced by dialling *#06#.


11 – Notify your network carrier and the police immediately in the event of loss or theft. Tell them your IMEI number and any other identifying features on your phone.

12 - Don't leave your device open to access (e.g. leaving Bluetooth or WiFi on, visible and unsecured).


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