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Cell Phone Security Strategies You Can’t Afford Not To Follow


Incidences of cell phone theft have increased substantially in recent months. According to the Federal Communications Commission, nearly a third of all robberies involve a cell phone being stolen. Fortunately, you will be less likely to have your phone and the information on it stolen if you take the proper steps. Here are some things that you may want to try:

Safeguard Your Phone

Many people are so used to having their phone with them that they start to take it for granted. They would never walk around with a hundred dollar bill in their hands. However, they will carry a mobile that is worth several times that much money in plain sight.

You are essentially inviting a mugger to steal your phone when it is visible like that. It is best to hide any mobile device when you aren’t using it.

You should also never leave your phone unattended. Burglars look for cars with cell phones left behind to break into. They also go through the glove compartment and look under the seats so hiding it isn’t necessarily going to keep it from being stolen either. Your phone should either be on your person or safely locked away in a contained space at all times.

There are a number of different tools on the market which will let you find your phone if it is lost. You may want to try using some of these anti-theft devices. Many wireless providers and regulators are starting to create new programs that will track all mobile devices in their respective countries. The FCC intends to have such a system in place within the next couple of months.

Protect Your Information

Replacing your smartphone can cost over $500. That would be an inconvenience enough, but the cost of losing the information on your phone can be a lot higher.

You may have a lot of valuable business data on there that the thief could try to sell. Some criminals will also try blackmailing people over the data on their phone. Earlier this year a crook found explicit pictures on a woman’s cell phone and tried to blackmail her for $5,000. Here are some things that you will want to do to reduce or eliminate these risks:

  • Make sure that your phone is always password protected and will lock after being inactive for a brief period (ideally less than a minute).
  • Try to host financial information and other sensitive data on the cloud. It may be a good idea to delete it from your cell phone completely.
  • Many of the anti-theft applications on the market will let you delete all information on your phone remotely. Your phone won’t be usable if you recover it, but at least your information will be safe. Many wireless providers have education programs dedicated to helping people protect the data on their devices remotely if they are stolen. It may be worth looking into these.

Protecting your information from theft may be even more important than your phone. Make sure you do so carefully.

About the author: Kalen is a technology and security writer. He writes about the benefits of using tools such as Replace Your Cell.

Top Story: Sex Sells – True or False?

Cinema executives once lived by the old saying “sex sells”, which made nudity a key feature in any film. Such a key feature that even the makers of religious films pushed to have at least one bathing scene in their movies. Eventually however, the big six learned that the less graphic sex the better. Why? Because sex in cinema means no children, and the loss of an inclusive atmosphere means maximum seats aren’t being filled.

While directors may want to push a sex scene, feeling it holds weight in the artistic value of the movie, studios have a say as well. To the studios there’s more than artistic value to consider. They want movies available to as many people as possible, and if cutting a scene means more sales then so be it. There are typically three things studio executives consider.

Foremost there’s the theater. The rating system (G to NC-17) sets the age restrictions for movies. Every rating except NC-17 permits underage entrance when accompanied by an adult. This window of hope for ticket sales is enough to keep theaters on board with ratings up to R, but NC-17 movies damage sales in a major way by completely prohibiting viewing by children under the age of 18. Theaters wont even consider showing them, so studios wont consider making them.

Secondly studio executives must consider television. One rule governing what is shown is that of public decency. Held to standard by the Federal Communications Commission, the rule is practically law of TV, and studio executives aren’t quick to ignore rules that affect profit.   

Thirdly, Wal-Mart is such a top-selling corporation that there’s no use in ignoring it. Wal-Mart cares about being all-inclusive, instead of exclusive.  Instead of risking turning a customer in another direction because of offensive merchandise, it houses only friendly merchandise, including movies of appropriate ratings and censored CDs.           

Wal-Mart is such an integral part of DVD sales that studios have no choice but to ensure their movies abide by the standards the multibillion-dollar corporation sets for movie merchandise.           

Because of these three major liabilities of graphic nudity in studio-made movies, NC-17 no longer exists in cinema, major television or major retail corporations. “Sex-sells” was once a major motto of entertainment, but has long since failed to prove valid.

Guest Blogger bio: Serge is a seasoned producer and technology career professional. Currently, he is working for Edictive who are the leader in online film, TV production management cloud solution.


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