Smartphone Users Falling Victim to Identity-Theft Fraud

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 7 percent of smartphone owners fell victim to identity-fraud in 2011 and are also about one-third more likely to fall prey to identity fraud than the general public.

Protecting your smartphone is just as important as protecting your computer. Follow these basic steps that can help you increase mobile safety:

1. Protect your phone with a password. Create a secure password, pin or pattern that must be entered to login to your phone.

2. Be cautious when downloading apps. Download apps from a trust source and make sure the apps do not require access to any personal information.

3. Keep your phone updates. Make sure you are constantly installing the latest software and updates for your smartphone.

4. Do not store personal information on your phone. Do not stay logged in to certain sites like your email accounts, bank accounts, social media accounts, etc. This is an extra step to take to ensure your safety should your phone be lost or stolen.