Set up a password lock
This is the easiest security feature that you can use. It prevents others from accessing personal, business, and financial information stored on your device.
Enable remote data wiping
Most major brands offer options that allow you to remotely erase data from your device in case it is lost or stolen. Check user’s guides or contact your service provider for specific instructions for your device.
Update and upgrade
Upgrading and downloading new operating systems can take time, but in addition to more and better applications, many upgrades contain security updates for your protection. When prompted by your device to download an upgrade, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
When in public, do not allow your mobile devices to completely distract you from your surroundings. Many of us carry more than one device, and thieves looking to steal one of them will often observe your actions, waiting for you to drop your guard or walk away from your electronic items. If someone demands your property, give it to them. Do not resist. Your physical well-being is more important than your cell phone. Immediately report any suspicious incidents or crime to the Department of Public Safety 414.288.6800.
Enable or install a device locating application
No matter how security conscious you are, determined and persistent thieves can still be successful at stealing your property. Fortunately, most mobile devices have the capability to “broadcast” their locations if lost or stolen. Using Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) and wireless networks, many free or moderately priced applications can assist you and law enforcement in locating your phones, tablets, and computers. If your device is already equipped with this capability, you must ensure that it is enabled. It is important to note that these services cannot be activated after your device has already been lost or stolen. Please record your usernames, passwords, device brand, model, and names of tracking applications in a secure place—not only on your device. This will assist you and law enforcement in locating your phone, tablet, or computer. Do not attempt to recover your stolen property by yourself. Instead, report the location of your stolen property to law enforcement.