Tips for protecting your cell phone

Mobile phones are a big business. Unfortunately, stealing them is becoming one as well. Partially because criminals can easily resell the phones.

One out of three robberies nationwide involves stealing a cell phone, according to the FCC. Unlike pawn shops, cell phone stores do not have to confirm ownership when buying used phones.

Below are a few tips for protecting you and your family's cell phones:

  • Passwords - They're a simple way to protect your data. Even if a thief gets your phone, he or she won't be able to access your personal information.
  • Anti-theft software - Some can lock your device remotely, others can even wipe your content completely.
  • Experts also say be careful about using your phone in public, especially if you are in an area you don't feel comfortable in.
  • If your phone is stolen, get a police report! You'll need some information before doing that, however, make sure you write down the make, model, serial number and unique identifying number.