Hacked and Hijacked! How to Save Data if Your Portable Device Is Stolen

Symptom:

You reach into your pocket or bag, and, well, it’s empty!

Diagnosis:

Beyond the understandable distress of losing a pricey smartphone, laptop or tablet PC, the real trauma is the sudden and unfettered access afforded to the slippery-fingered jerk who took it. The cost of a new laptop is meager compared to the personal and even financial havoc that a motivated thief can wreak with the data stored on a typical portable device.

While a laptop is obviously the holy grail of data, consider all the apps you’ve installed on a smartphone or tablet that auto-login at the poke of a finger: e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, texts, address book, photos, videos, et cetera. And don’t forget the passwords and account numbers for bank accounts and credit cards — not to mention any business-related data you may lose if it’s a company device.

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