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Cities search for solution to phone-theft epidemic

Christopher Null | June 12, 2013
Upgrade your firewalls, insist on 16-character passwords, and apply all your security patches the day they come out. None of that may matter: The sad reality is that the biggest computer crime your organization is likely to face is the physical theft of a mobile device, should one of your traveling sales staff find their car broken into and their laptop bag stolen or merely become the victim of a subway bump-and-grab.

In the meantime, it's up to individuals and businesses to protect themselves. Near-term solutions include:

  • Ensuring all devices are secured with the strongest passcodes possible (it may not be much, but it's something).
  • Enabling options to wipe data from a phone if too many incorrect passcodes are entered.
  • Installing apps like Find My iPhone to help law enforcement locate and recover missing handsets.


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