Five Defensive Actions to Take Before Your Mobile Device Is Stolen - Slide 3

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Some smartphones offer the option to encrypt device memory as well as data stored on removable media cards. The former offers protection against advanced methods of breaking into the BlackBerry hardware, while the latter will render the media card indecipherable from an external card reader. Users of the iPhone 3GS should also upgrade to iOS 5, which offers a much better mechanism for data security than earlier versions of the iOS platform.

The use of smartphones has skyrocketed in recent years, and is now a repository for the vast amount of personal and work data that mobile-empowered workers are able to bring everywhere. Given its widespread use and portability, however, it is inevitable that many mobile devices will get misplaced or stolen.

With this in mind, what are some preemptive steps that businesses can take to protect the sensitive data on these devices before disaster strikes? The following are five preemptive steps Paul Mah has identified for mobile workers to take before their device is stolen.

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