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Why Locking Your Cell Phone is Critical

Most consumers are quick to embrace convenient new technologies, services and devices; unfortunately they are slow to protect them, leaving themselves, their contacts and their companies at real risk.

Research from Harris Interactive and ESET highlights the troubling security gap on portable devices, finding that less than half of all portable devices tested in the study were protected by even the most basic security measures.

In fact, 2/3rds of consumers with laptops, 3/4th of consumers with smartphones, and 90% of consumers with tablets fail to even turn on the most basic automatic locking feature, leaving their lives, identities, contacts, passwords, finances, applications, locations, and more open for anyone to access.

This failure to protect information might not be a severe security risk except that these devices are so frequently lost, stolen or misplaced. For example, nearly 60 million cellphones are lost or stolen yearly in the U.S. (120 thousand cellphones are lost annually in Chicago taxi cabs alone), and about 12,000 laptops are lost each week in US airports alone[1] (Click to Tweet).

How to protect your devices

Simple steps can protect your devices, your information, your identity, your company’s information and anything else you have stored on your phone. The key is to take the steps!

  • Start by turning on the Auto-Locking feature on your laptops, phones and tablet devices. To learn how for your specific devices, search online or look on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Turn on password protection on your laptops, phones and tablet devices. To learn how for your specific devices, search online or look on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Learn how to create a strong, memorable password. – See How do I create a strong password?
  • Install security software and keep it up-to-date using automatic upgrades.
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