Your iPhone Has Everything in It. How Do You Protect That Information?

Thanks to the magic of Apple and other smartphone producers, today we get to walk around with entire libraries in our pockets and purses. Even more: every month our phones make obsolete even more of the chunks of plastic and paper – credit cards, airline tickets, prescriptions – we used to have to carry just to get through our daily lives.

It’s all extraordinarily convenient. But with convenience comes tradeoffs. If you’re like most people, your phone has become the desk drawer that holds your personal information. While this makes things easy for you, it also makes your phone more valuable for criminals. Lose your phone or have it stolen, and you’re at risk for identity theft and credit card fraud, in addition to the hassle of recovering all of the personal information you’ve assumed would be safe.

What is one to do? A lot. While we may be powerless (individually, at least) to prevent data breaches at external companies (like the 2017 breach at Equifax, or the 2013 breach at Yahoo!), what happens after an iPhone is lost or stolen does is often up to you. Here’s how.

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