There has been a lot of attention paid to vulnerabilities in smartphones — such as iPhones, BlackBerries, and Windows 7- or Android-based cellphones. The vast amount of data on such devices can be a security problem if your cellphone is lost or stolen. Lifehacker has some tips on how to protect the privacy of your data, including instructions for specific types of phones:
With phones falling into the wrong hands every day and California residents subject to warrantless cellphone searches, now’s a pretty good time to think about protecting your smartphone. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy and we’ll walk you through the process.
Step One: Enable Password Protection
The easiest way to secure your smartphone is with a password, making it the best place to start. […] For most phones, you’ll find a password option in Settings -> Security, but you should consult your manual (or just go exploring) to know exactly where to look. […]
Step Two: Enable Remote Wipe
If you’ve added a passcode/password/pattern/p-whatever to your smartphone and you’re still paranoid, it may be time to explore remote wipe. Remote wipe does what the name implies: it remotely wipes the data on your phone and restores it to the factory settings. This is not something you want to do every day, but should be prepared to initiate should your phone fall into the wrong hands.
Find out more at the Lifehacker site.