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5 Tips To Protect Your Information If Your Cell Phone Is Lost Ir Stolen

July 28, 2014
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WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — You don’t even want to imagine it — your cell phone being lost or stolen. Beyond the cost of replacing the phone, the information it has stored on it is invaluable, and could be jeopardized if it falls into the wrong hands. Here is what you need to do before and after your phone goes missing to protect yourself and your information:

    1. Make sure your phone requires a PIN or passcode for use. Avoid obvious
       combinations that are sequential or repeat, or are based off of a recent
       year.
    2. Back up your information to a "cloud" service. Or, export it to an
       external device like a USB drive.
    3. Download an app that allows you to locate, lock, and erase your phone
       remotely.
    4. If your phone is missing, report it lost or stolen to your carrier ASAP
       and contact the police. Request written confirmation from the carrier
       that you reported the device missing. You are responsible for fees
       incurred before, but not after you report it missing.
    5. If you haven't found your phone within 30 minutes, use your anti-theft
       app to erase your phone remotely (the information will still be stored in
       the cloud). If you don't have the ability to erase remotely, call the
       carrier and have them do it for you.

For more information on protecting your identity and personal information, and other important topics like avoiding scams and frauds, and building better credit, order or download the Consumer Action Handbook from USA.gov.

Media Contact: Colleen Bayus, Colleen.Bayus@gsa.gov

SOURCE USA.gov


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