Smartphones are pretty much everywhere these days. Most of us have one which we use not just for making phone calls and sending messages but as places where we store our contacts, music and photos.
We also use our smartphones as little black books containing all sorts of sensitive personal data such as login details for online banking or social media sites. Thus taking steps to protect your smartphone is vital.
The problem is that the smartphones are small and highly portable and therefore easily lost or stolen.
A smartphone can be easily picked up from a table in a cafe or snatched out of a user's hand. The likelihood that your smartphone will be stolen is far higher than most people think.
Once a thief has his hands on your pride and joy, he can download personal or financial data from the phone, such as banking details, press the factory reset button to erase your data and then resell it for €500 ($600) in Europe or North America and more than $1,000 in the Far East.
At the same time, he'll have a good shot at clearing out your bank account.
Until about a year ago, half of all thefts in the USA involved mobile devices, while over in London, 10,000 smartphones were stolen every month.