In recent years, Texas has been ranked as one of the Top 10 states with the highest reports of identity theft. Identity theft can happen through a number of ways – whether it’s a stolen wallet or a tax document that was sent to the wrong address. What we also have to consider, is just how vulnerable we are on our mobile devices.
• Lock your device
o Use the 6-digit passcode / pattern lock / fingerprint scanner on your device
o Especially if you use a mobile wallet or money transfer apps, make sure to use two-factor authentication
• Back up your device
o Back up your device regularly and make sure automatic updates are turned on.
o In case of a lost or stolen phone, you’ll be able to recover your pictures, contacts, etc.
• Install safeguards
o Install and turn on Find My iPhone (iOS) or Find My Device (Android). These apps could help you locate your device if you lose it.
o In case of a lost/stolen phone, these apps let you remotely issue a command to erase your device – even if it’s turned off.
• Know which devices have access to your accounts
o Be sure to know ALL accounts that have a credit card or banking information attached to them, such as Amazon, Uber or Groupon
o Many social media sites and email providers let you log off from those devices remotely