AT&T puts up website to help keep the personal information on your phone safe
To protect your information, AT&T suggests that you password protect your device as soon as you get it, and the carrier suggests that you change your voicemail and online passwords frequently. Downloading device protection and security apps can help save your phone from getting ripped off. AT&T suggests that you backup.
The FCC is teaming up with the nation's top carriers to develop a database of stolen devices. In about six months, if your phone is lost or stolen, you will be able to call your carrier to have it locked down completely. The aforementioned database should be completed in 18 months and will be based on each phone's unique International Mobile Equipment Identities (IMEI) number.
If you don't mind us throwing in our 2 cents, to lower the chance of getting robbed of your mobile device, you should always be aware of your surroundings and don't wave around your phone or tablet if it is not being used. Police officials in New York City have compared walking around the subway with an iPhone or iPad to be the equivalent of flashing a lot of money.
source: AT&T via PCMag
AT&T's website gives you tips on keeping your smartphone information safe
2. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Good, now we also need to stop the SMS spamming - it has become an epidemic and it is largely donw by those with prepaid phones. Maybe update the donotcall.gov website to become the donotcontact.gov website.
3. cncrim (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Carrier should aslo be aware that a lot lost and stolen reported is false by user. I see quite a few buy insurance for the phone then call the carrier as lost or stolen, then turn around sell it to someone else.
4. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Good job AT&T. I hope other carriers follow suit.
The warning is correct. In a thief's eyes, someone with a smartphone (especially an iDevice) is carrying around several hundred of "their" dollars