We all have to do it: Type in that four-digit passcode to get into our smartphones. It can be really annoying, but it might be more important than you think.
“Unfortunately, people don’t think of their smartphone like they do their computer,” said Data Doctors' founder Ken Colburn . “It’s loaded with personal information.”
But, think about it – it’s a whole lot easier for thieves to steal your smartphone out of your pocket than it is for them to break into your house to steal your computer.
And, once they get it, watch out. It’s incredibly easy to get straight to your wallet through your smartphone, Colburn said.
“All I do is go to your email account,” he said. “I pull up your email, I see who you bank with.”
“I could go to the Wells Fargo website and say, 'I forgot my password.' And, because I have your email account, it’s going to send the password reset right to the phone,” Colburn added.
And all the thief would have to do is change the password – “and I’m in like Flynn,” Colburn said.
It’s as easy as that.
So, how can you stop it? Set up a passcode. It could save you a lot.
Another thing to remember: When you’re ready to trade in your old model for a new one, don’t just throw it away.
"Make sure you do a factory reset,” Colburn said. “You want to wipe it out so it’s like it was the day you got it.”
Find the factory reset in settings and hit “reset.” The process is different on different phones. But it should always be an option.
That way, whoever gets your old phone next, can’t get your personal information with it.
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