Smartphones are great tools to stay connected anywhere, anytime. Wireless mobile devices are not only for talking and texting anymore. We can do many other things including looking at a map when we are lost; share and follow updates on social media; read news, blogs; keep organized with tools like notepad, calendar, contact book; archive photos, videos, messages and everything else we can record on our phones; create reminders of all sorts from birthdays to monthly cycles for females. It’s a great convenience being able to do pretty much everything in one device.
But what happens if a complete stranger gains access to all this personal information? For example, what if your phone gets stolen? Your mobile device is probably attractive enough for thieves because of the cost of it, but how about all the information in it from saved passwords to personally identifiable information on your contact list? Do you know how to clean all your private information from the phone before recycling or giving it to someone else?
Luckily there are easy steps that you can take to protect yourself and your devices! 🙂
Start with using an effective password on your device, and read more about what you can do to protect your data on this page: www.protectyourdata.ca/protect-your-data
On this page you will find useful resources and review everything that you need to know.
You can use the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number checker to clear a mobile device if you are planning to buy it second hand on Craigslist or similar websites. This tool will allow you to see if the device that you want to buy had been reported as stolen in Canada.