Phone swiped? Here’s how to protect your financial information

Your smartphone hosts a ton of financial data – protect yourself if it falls into the wrong hands.

There’s something terribly unnerving about having your smartphone stolen or lost.

“It’s very daunting when you realize that we leave an enormous trail of breadcrumbs [on our phones],” says Adam Levin, chairman and founder of IDT911, an identify theft solutions company, and author of “Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves.”

If your phone falls into the wrong hands, a smart thief can gain access to your professional, social and other personal information.

Even more worrying: A savvy saboteur may be able to hack into your bank accounts, mobile payment apps and credit card applications. Once inside, he could drain your bank accounts, use them for a shopping spree or even steal your identity, wreaking havoc on your credit and finances.

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