Mobile Privacy

1. Mobile devices present more easily compromised data
Small and portable, mobile devices are extremely convenient to use. They are also extremely vulnerable to device theft or loss of data in comparison to a desktop or laptop computer. These devices are capable of storing vast amounts of data, sometimes as much as desktop or laptop computers. You should consider the use of encryption and enable device options to protect your device. These options can allow you to wipe data from your device remotely in case of theft or loss; apps are available for both iPhone and Android to help protect your data.

2. Your mobile device can tell people where you are
If your mobile device is equipped with GPS, as most are today, they can help you to navigate to your destination, let you know about special deals near your area, and alert you when there are events or friends nearby. For example, there are now Fandango applications for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Palm devices that allow users to identify nearby theaters and buy tickets online. Yelp applications can help you find a good restaurant nearby. Most mobile platforms will give you an option to turn off the location features and others offer location specific controls. If you feel these location applications are invading your privacy too much, you can take action within the privacy options.