A friend and I were chatting recently about various things, as friends often do, and the subject of mobile devices came up. She laughed and told me that her young son often grabs her phone and plays with it, resulting in a rather large amount of mis-dials to various people in her phone book.
I smiled, but then wondered out loud why she didn’t lock her phone.
She shrugged, “It’s just my husband, me and our son at home. I don’t have any nosy co-workers around. Why bother?”
“What if you lose your phone? Anyone could access your stuff!” I responded.
And this got me thinking.
Phones aren’t just phones anymore. They often contain email and other apps that might be linked to bank accounts. While many of these apps are password protected themselves, many phone books are not. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need anyone I don’t know looking at my phone book.
Maybe I’m being slightly paranoid. Maybe my friend is right and there is no need to worry. But, then again, maybe not. It doesn’t seem to take much nowadays for cybercriminals to snatch someone’s identity.
What do you think? Do you lock your mobile devices? Is it always a good idea to do so?
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