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"Protect your privacy; put a PIN on your smartphone"

Whether you work for UC Davis or not, the advice from their campus-wide smartphone security campaign is sound for all.


"Your smartphone has become a doorway into the private side of your life. Like any door that guards your privacy, it needs a lock.

To lock your device, all you need to do is to create a personal identification number or passcode for your phone--and tablet, if you have one. You should also set your device to lock automatically after no more than 20 minutes of inactivity.

Taking these steps will protect your data if the phone is lost, stolen, or used by someone else when you are distracted...."

"... think of your ATM or debit card. Would you want anyone who happened to pick it up to be able to use it?" Ono said. "Even if the bank didn't require a PIN, you would almost certainly want to create one. It's much the same way with smartphones...."

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