Your smartphone, the pocket-sized personal computer in your purse, needs backup and security features to protect it from viruses and more. (Malware threats to mobile phones rose 2.5 times in the last six months alone! FYI: read this report.)
I have an Android phone and downloaded Lookout for my security app. It’s free and is available for Blackberry and Windows Mobile devices, too. (If you have an iPhone, what security do you recommend? I believe Lookout will be available for your phone soon.)
Lookout backs up my data and protects my phone from viruses. If my phone is lost or stolen (and the GPS feature is turned on) I can remotely:
- track it down, or
- lock it, or
- wipe it.
If you’re traveling, then, you might want to keep your GPS feature turned on, even though it runs down your battery sooner; however, see the related important post about taking photos with your phone when GPS is turned on.
You might also consider a password for your phone to protect your data.
This post is part of the Love Your Phone series for phones and tablets.