SPOKANE, Wash. - Many people with smart phones admit their entire life is held right in the palm of their hand. They say the chunk of metal holds almost every piece of private information they own. However, many users don't protect their phones and that private information the way they should. \
The smart phone is essentially a mini computer. However, unlike our computers in our homes and offices that are locked with passwords, many phones are kept out where many thieves have access to them. Plus, a recent survey shows nearly 40-percent of smart phone users don't use passwords to lock out unknown users.
Experts offer the following tips to protect your private information:
1) Set the smart phone with passwords and pins. This will keep unknown users from access to very private information.
2) Reduce the amount of time it takes for the screen to lock when it's not in use. A person who sets their screen to lock after a minute is more protected than a person who sets their screen to lock after far longer.
3) Finally, be aware of the places you leave your phone. It's common to leave it on the edge of the table while dining out, on your desk at work, etc, where anyone can walk by and swipe it. Treat your phone with the same protection you use with your wallet or purse.