The features that make your phone ‘smart’ also make it susceptible to viruses and malicious software. If your phone isn’t secure and it is lost or stolen, your personal information, including passwords, banking details, emails and photos could be used to access your money or to steal your identity.
Each year in Australia more than 100,000 mobile phones are reported lost or stolen. This equates to 2000 each week or one mobile phone handset every six minutes.
How do you trace your mobile phone? The SIM card, and hence telephone number, is easily changed, what cannot be easily changed is the International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) number, which is unique to your device.
Do you know your IMIE number? Press *#06# to find it out and note it down, in case your phone is lost or stolen.
Many mobile phone manufactures have ‘Find My Phone’ software which can be installed an activated on your phone.
Go to Stay Smart Online for more tips to secure your mobile phone and devices.