According to this article on Informationweek.com, smartphone theft is becoming an even bigger problem than ever in the U.S.
“Violent smartphone and tablet robberies are on the rise. According to the Attorney General’s office, comparing all of 2011 to the first nine months of 2012, smartphone thefts in New York City increased by 40%.”
The general reaction has been to demand better loss prevention in smartphones. Manufacturers are being pressured to develop phones that will become inoperable if stolen, or that will otherwise be harder to steal and resell. How likely this is to ever happen, however, is unclear. So what can we do in the meantime to protect ourselves?
Phone theft can be the gateway to identity theft–a much larger concern. So even if your device is vulnerable, the information on it doesn’t have to be. Installing Keeper on your smartphone or tablet is the best way to ensure that in the wrong hands, your information stays safe. Five wrong log-in attempts and boom: self destruct. Smartphone theft is a real threat, so do what you can to protect the precious info on yours!