Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) December 21, 2012
Most people lock the doors of their homes and cars, but many forget to lock a door to their personal and financial information. Cell phones often contain logins and passwords for bank accounts, credit cards, health insurance records and email accounts. When those cell phones are stolen, owners can find themselves in a panic.
Best known for teaching people how to build their own environmentally-friendly sources of energy so that they can slash their power bills and be safe when power outages occur, Power4Patriots also wants to help people keep their important personal information from getting into the wrong hands.
Following are Power4Patriots’ 3 ways to prevent a cell phone from being hacked:
1. Password protect. This is a simple method to prevent most casual thieves from stealing information, but most people don’t do it. For smart phones, apps such as Lookout can be programmed to back up data and help find a lost phone.
2. Encrypt data. GadgetTrak offers a service that will encrypt data and back it up in the cloud. There are ways around encryption, but this will stop the vast majority of hackers.
3. Wipe it remotely. If someone has a cell phone stolen, he or she can use GadgetTrak, SeekDroid or Webroot to remotely wipe their phone’s data. This can be accomplished from a home computer.
People need to remember that the more access they have to their personal information, the more access hackers will have to it. With companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft making sure a variety of devices including cell phones are connected together seamlessly, hackers can access one service and use its features to hack into other services, stealing information or wiping out data.
Look for more tips and tricks for protecting your privacy at a new website launching in the first quarter of 2013 at Privacy4Patriots.
Check out this Power4Patriots article regarding thwarting Internet hackers, as reported by KUSI-TV in San Diego.