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Tuesday March 19th, 2013

Posted at 6:24pm

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Windsor Police say that  today’s smartphones and other mobile devices are often very costly and contain a treasure trove of personal data that can be used by criminals to commit further crimes such as fraud and identity theft.

They offer these five tips to reduce the chance you will become a victim:

  • When out in public be aware of your surroundings; an expensive smartphone left unattended or on the edge of a restaurant table can be an inviting target for opportunistic thieves.
  • Record the make, model and serial number of your phone in a safe place (accessible if your phone is stolen). Also worth documenting is the “IMEI” number of your phone (usually recorded on contracts and sales receipts and on your device itself). Pronounced “IM-ee”, the IMEI number is a unique identifier that your cellular carrier can use to prevent your stolen phone from accessing the network.
  • Enable geo-location tools such as “Find My iPhone” before your device is stolen. Use of any location-based services may have privacy implications, so check them out online to determine if you are comfortable with their use. Some tools will also allow a device owner to remotely erase phone content if a device is lost or stolen.
  • Regular use of backup tools – including “cloud-based” services – can minimize the pain of any personal data loss as a result of the loss or theft of your device.
  • If your phone is stolen, immediately report the theft to your cellular carrier and your local police service.

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