The FCC is announcing that they have decided to partner with the likes of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, t-mobile and other wireless carriers to create a national database to help thwart the theft of smartphones by making them all but unsellable after a theft.
Uh ... that's good, right?
Sure it is when the newest smartphones cost upwards of $500 or more.
But the real cost of smartphone loss is the loss of the data ... and the person stealing your phone may be only after the data ... and the new FCC smartphone database won't do anything to prevent a thief from stealing your phone if all they want is to steal your data.
Don't Wait for the Feds! Here's How to Secure Your Phone Right Now...
1. Put a password on your phone.
Sure it's a hassle to type in the name of your Aunt's dog into your phone several times a day. But how much more trouble would it be for your friends, relatives, enemies, competitors or the government to be able to access everything on your phone from the moment they "find" it until the moment you realize it's gone?
2. Make sure whatever's on your phone is already in the cloud.
Remember this Google+ commercial from awhile back about the dad who lost all his baby pictures because he lost his cell phone? Your phone (and your desktop computer for that matter) is not meant to be a secure storage device. It's meant to be a simple endpoint to collect data and then get it instantly to a safer place.
3. Use software that "finds your phone or fries your phone"
For as little as three bucks or as much as twenty bucks you can access any number of smartphone applications that can do as little as find a lost phone in vibrate mode, turn a phone into a coldwar-type spy device and/or turn your phone into a useless plastic brick. GadgetTrak, SeekDroid and Webroot are just three of multiple companies that specialize in giving you control over lost phones.