Wrapping up the segment on the basics of protecting personal data, let’s examine three more digital action items that are relatively simple but critical to implement. Here, we encourage you to look into installation and enablement of remote device wiping and device theft recovery software.

We also want you to know why data encryption measures are also important in the set-up of your communication tools. Read on if you’d like to know how precautions you can take can provide you with the gift of peace of mind if your device is hacked or stolen.

DEVICE THEFT RECOVERY

Given the financial investment into and sensitivity of the information that we carry on our laptops, tablets, and phones, the theft of our devices is a legitimate concern. Device theft recovery software can help.

This type of software is simply a locating software that alerts the owner as to the location of their device in order to find it in the event it is lost or stolen. Some devices have this software built-in, but it may need to be activated. Research your device and specific model number to see if this feature is installed or available. If it isn’t, investigate your options for a separate theft recovery plan.

REMOTE WIPING

Protect your confidential data from being compromised by ensuring that you have a chance of preventing thieves from accessing it if you’re separated from your device. Maintain control of your information so that you can erase or “wipe” all of your information from it using a remote wiping software.

Like device theft recovery software, some devices have this option installed or as an available feature to a service plan. Some plans on the market offer both theft recovery and remote wipe in one program. Once your device is stolen, it is likely too late to protect yourself. Find out which of these options are available to you by researching your devices, as well as plans from your service providers.

ENCRYPTING COMMUNICATIONS

Would you feel more secure if you knew that if your devices and the data on them looked like gibberish when accessed by an unauthorized source? An earlier article in our series on Protecting Personal Data specified setting a pin or personal access code on all devices to prevent easy access to data and device thieves.

Simply put, this is one-way data encryption works to scramble your communications and other information until verification from an authorized user. Without the specific encryption decoder to your device, the bizarre arrangement of your data is useless to others. Encryption will provide you another line of defense against predators. We warmly recommend investigating encryption for all devices and communication tools as another safeguard for your security.

Using our digital tools puts us in control of many significant responsibilities. Similar to setting up insurance for home, vehicles, business, life insurance, medical, and travel, we encourage you to make the smart decisions to invest time into your devices as well as a plan for identity theft. If you do not have a personal IT team, you now have some fundamental tools, to begin with. Investing time into the proper set-up of these personal and business devices may pay enormous dividends in combating the constant risk against thieves who work relentlessly to steal from others.

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