Thursday, July 31, 2014
Cell Phone Identity Theft
(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --
You could call it a sign of the times where cell phones have become a portable miniature computer. While most cell phone users say it's easier to keep your information with you at all times, it also makes getting a hold of your personal information easier for hackers.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs says there are a few things you need to keep in mind while you are browsing on your phone.
Most importantly, be careful how much information you are sharing and who you are sharing it with. Officials say it's important to make sure the site you are visiting is secure.
A padlock Icon or an "https" logo in your browser bar will help you identify the websites that keep want to be scammers from intercepting your personal data.
Still unsure? Consumer affairs says there are various phone applications you can download to scan sites and notify you of ones that are questionable.
You may also want to put an encryption device or password on your phone making it as hard as possible to get on your phone if it happens to get into the wrong hands.
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