26 May, 2022
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Global Smartphone Crime and Protecting Your Data

26 May, 2022

Smartphone crime includes theft, fraud, and scams. Read on to find out the measures you can take to protect the personal data on your smartphone.

We’ve come a long way with technology, more specifically where mobile phones are concerned. With the advancement of technology, we can do much more than simply make a phone call from the comfort of our homes. Furthermore, we can now manage our investments, communicate with people, and so much more with a device that fits perfectly in the palm of our hands. As of 2021, there are 6.378 billion smartphone users across the world and over 80% of us own a smartphone. Having said that, the popularity of smartphones has led to an increase in smartphone crime as well. Read on to learn more about smartphone crime and the security measures you can take to protect your smartphone and personal data.

Fraudsters are finding new ways to target our handsets?

Smartphone crime is predominantly committed when a mobile phone has been stolen. However, it can also include personal data being stolen from devices, fraud, and scams. The smartphone crime epidemic is increasing as smartphone values rise as well. In 2020, an estimated 325,000 individuals suffered mobile phone theft in England and Wales. This problem spreads much further than in the UK, smartphone crime’s a global issue. 

Theft isn’t the only smartphone crime you need to be wary about. Scammers are now committing mobile phone fraud through a variety of scams. These can include:

  • Missed call scams
  • Phone insurance scams
  • Text message scams
  • Recorded message scams

Scammers aim to persuade people to buy phone-related products or services that turn out to be too good to be true, alternatively, they could make them unknowingly subscribe to expensive subscription services through phone calls and texts. 

On top of theft and scamming, smartphones could be at risk of having data and personal information stolen. With all of our data on one device, we are perfect targets for hackers. Phone hacking is when someone forces access into your device—usually undetected. Hacking can vary from listening in on unsecured internet connections to advanced security breaches. Here are some signs of a hacked device:

  • Unfamiliar calls or texts in logs
  • Systems are running abnormally slow
  • Strange activity on online accounts
  • Power is being drained quickly

Sometimes there’s a natural explanation for some of these, maybe the battery has naturally drained over the years but it’s important to stay aware. Don’t be too alarmed, there are measures you can implement to secure your smartphone. Read on to learn more.

What measures can you take to protect your data?

There are security measures you can take to protect the data on your smartphone. When mobile phones came about in the 1980s, there wasn’t much data protection available for phones as there wasn’t a lot of data that was held on the devices at the time. As we know, this is no longer the case. As phones have increased in value and sophistication there’s now a greater need to protect our devices and everything they hold.

Here are the best ways to secure your smartphone and protect your data:

  • Refrain from downloading suspicious apps
  • Keep your phone with you and secured at all times
  • Always use a complex password and PIN screen lock
  • Enable a lost device tracking service
  • Do not reuse passwords for different accounts
  • Regularly update your system and apps

If your device has been stolen, or you believe you’ve been scammed and your data has been stolen always contact your phone provider immediately.

Is there more you can do to protect your smartphone?

No one wants their phone stolen, so once a device has been stolen how can you retrieve it? The answer’s through IMEI number blacklisting. At LOX Network, we’re proudly developing the world’s first fully decentralized security network. Using a decentralized blacklist, we’re enabling individuals to directly report phone thefts and put the responsibility for their devices and the data they contain back into their hands.

Jeremy Rodgers
Content Manager

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