Smartphones: Protect Your Data

Smartphones store a tremendous amount of personal information. If your smartphone were lost or stolen, what information would someone be able to access? In this film, we explore the privacy implications of smartphones and offer practical tips to protect your privacy.

There are a lot of security measures you can take to protect your smartphone's data. Four beginning steps (outlined in the film) are:

  1. Password protect your phone. As always, make sure you use a strong password. For tips on creating an effective password see PRC’s “10 Rules for Creating a Hacker-Resistant Password.” You can usually find the feature allowing you to set a password in the phone settings.
  2. Do not allow your smartphone to automatically remember login passwords for access to email, VPN, and other accounts. Use your phone’s security lockout feature.
  3. Set the phone to automatically lock after a certain amount of time not in use.
  4. Install security software that allows you to remotely lock your phone and wipe the data. Never leave your phone unattended.

For a more in-depth discussion on smartphones, read PRC’s Fact Sheet 2b: Privacy in the Age of the Smartphone.