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Smartphone security is very important. Most of us use our phones for many things such as Banking, Email, etc. It is very important that you take steps to ensure your privacy and security is maintained while using your smartphone. The Federal Communication Commission has put together a great checklist to help to ensure your security.
Click below to view the checklist.
A woman reveals how her privacy was violated when she describes how a Best Buy Geek Squad member violated her privacy when he copied her personal pictures, some racy, and took them home with him. Sophia Ellison did what most of us do, allowed the technician to transfer her data to the new phone. She describes her ordeal in the video below:
1. Make sure the technician does not copy your data to a computer. He or she should use a special connector to connect your old phone to the new phone to transfer the data. Memory cards can also be moved from one phone and inserted into the other. Under no circumstances should you allow the technician to copy your data to a computer and then to your phone.
2. Make sure you ask for your phone back. Never trust that the technician will dispose of your old phone in a secure manner. Take your old phone home and delete the data yourself.
3. Most smart phones can permanently erase all data on the phone. This process is not reversible. When you are sure you have backed up your data, run the permanent delete feature on your phone. On an iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings to begin the delete process.
An important bill is gaining traction in Congress. Although Privacy made significant strides forward with a recent Supreme Court case, the decision didn’t directly address law enforcement getting your cell phone data to track your whereabouts. Currently most state law enforcement can easily get access to your cell phone and mobile device location information without a warrant and without any cause or reason. This bill will specifically make it illegal for law enforcement to get access to your cell tower information. This is definitely a bill to watch. Read the text of the bill here.
In a statement for the record, EPIC has expressed support for H.R. 2168, the “Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act,” which prohibits the interception of location information by private parties and government agents acting without a search warrant.
Recently, I had to take steps to permanently block a company from calling my cellphone everyday, twice a day. It was terrible and very annoying.
These “Robocalls” happen when a company uses an automatic dialer and a computer to make millions of phone calls a day. Many of these calls are illegal so the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken steps to protect you from this activity.
The FTC has provided some great tips to deal with this problem but, most importantly, remember DO NOT press “1” or any other key on your phone. This could translate as “consent” and the calls will continue, and potentially get worse.
If you pick up the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, that’s a robocall.
If the recording is a sales message and you haven’t given your written permission to get calls from the company on the other end, the call is illegal. Period.
For more information, please see www.ftc.gov/robocalls.