8 Ways to Prevent Smartphone Data Breaches

Your phone is essentially a one-stop shop for your data and, if stolen or exposed to identity thieves, can compromise your identity and financial accounts.

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Your phone is essentially a one-stop shop for your data and, if stolen or exposed to identity thieves, can compromise your identity and financial accounts. People are using smartphones for more of their digital needs, but even if you don’t use mobile banking or financial apps, your phone could store sensitive data from online shopping, social networking, games and more. An unsecured phone poses a major security risk that makes you vulnerable everywhere you go.

Justin J. Kumar (opens in new tab), of Arlington Capital Management, offers a quick checklist of how to protect your data from identity thieves by securing your mobile phone:

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Justin J. Kumar, Investment Adviser Representative
Senior Portfolio Manager, Arlington Capital Management

Justin J. Kumar embraces a proactive, systematic investment management approach with a customized, proprietary system to help guide his clients toward their financial goals.