7 Precautions to Take Before Your Mobile Phone is Lost or Stolen

Mobile phone security rule number one: Eventually, you will lose your mobile device. This can be a waking nightmare--but it's significantly worse if you're not prepared. CIO.com's mobile maestro Al Sacco offers seven must-follow tips.

Few things hurt more than losing your mobile phone.

Today's cell-phone user packs hordes of information into his handheld, and much of that info is sensitive: payment card data; passwords; addresses; personal images and video; private corporate information. The list just goes on.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 with Padlock (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)
BlackBerry Torch 9800 with Padlock (Image Credit: Brian Sacco)

Fortunately, you can significantly reduce the potential trouble caused by a lost or stolen mobile device, simply by preparing yourself for the situation. Check out the following seven precautions to take before you lose your mobile phone.

1) Secure Your Device with a Password

The single most important measure you can take to protect the information stored on your mobile phone is to set a password to lock it. If a malicious party cannot gain access to your phone, he can't make calls using your account, can't use your browser to surf the Web and do as he pleases, can't log in to your applications and impersonate you, can't go digging around for personal information. You get the point.

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