Tuesday Tip: Protect Your Phone

Thief stealing the wallet from the bag of a distracted womanOur phones have become our portal to everything…work, friends, memories, finances, and more. When you think about it, we protect our most sensitive and vital information with only a simple four- or six-digit passcode, which in reality is not enough.

Phone pickpocketing has become more prevalent with each passing year. According to the New Orleans Police Department, over 160 cell phones were stolen during February’s Mardi Gras celebrations. The department made 11 arrests and linked the pick pockets to a Miami-based criminal group that had traveled to New Orleans to take advantage of the crowds. Below are some tips on how to keep your information safe if your phone is ever stolen.

  • Cover your screen in public. Authorities have reported that thieves will film people inputting their passcodes from afar. When you’re out in public, try to rely on Face or Touch ID to unlock your phone.
  • Strengthen your passcode. Use a minimum of six digits or consider a passphrase instead. The key is to make it complex. You may want to consider using an alpha-numeric passcode by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Change Passcode; then tap Passcode Options > Custom Alpha-Numeric Code.
  • Enable additional protection. Some apps, such as Venmo, PayPal, and Cash App allow you to add a passcode. Since thieves will often attempt to send themselves money by using these applications, make sure they have passcodes that are different from your phone’s.
  • Use a third-party password manager. Apple’s built in iCloud keychain password manager may be convenient, but it is also easily accessible using the passcode. Some of the third party apps we recommend are NordPass, RoboForm, and Keeper.
  • Delete scans of sensitive information. If given access to your phone, thieves may be able to use information, such as a picture of your Social Security number in your photos, to open up an Apple credit card. If you need digital copies of sensitive information, protect them with a third-party password manager.

Kyle Zoeller: In his role of Client Manager, Kyle spends his days gaining a deep understanding his clients’ businesses, ensuring they have the support they need, and being there to provide advice and guidance as their IT requirements evolve.

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