NEW YORK (5/20/14)--Would you risk personal injury to retrieve your cellphone? Surprisingly, most respondents (68%) to a recent study said they'd put themselves in danger to get back a stolen cellphone (Fox News Insider May 9).
Another study, by Consumer Reports (April 17), reveals more troubling information: More than 3 million smartphones were stolen from American consumers in 2013.
Whether you become a victim of physical theft or you simply lose your phone, someone you don't know might end up accessing a pocket-sized summary of your digital life: photos of the places you've been and the people you know, what you've posted on Facebook or bought from Amazon, the content of your text messages, where you keep your money, Web searches, and more.
Before your phone is gone, here are some ways to guard your personal information and increase the chances of recovering your phone:
Explore your phone's settings, search the Web, and ask your wireless carrier about ways to accomplish these tasks. For related information, read "What to Do if You Lose Your Smartphone" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.