Protect your MOBILE phone / device Whilst North Wales Police continue to tackle those involved in mobile phone / device crime, we ask you to consider the following crime prevention advice: • Make a note of your phone’s unique IMEI number access this by tapping *#06# into your phone and note the number. This will assist your service provider in blocking its use should your phone be lost or stolen. • Register your phone / device for free on the Immobilise website https://www.immobilise.com/index.php. This helps Police to identify you as the owner and return your handset if lost or stolen. • Use security or PIN locks to protect your data and prevent the phone / device being used if stolen. Try to ensure these are not easily guessed, such as 1234, or your birthday. • Never leave your phone / device unattended in a public place or vehicle. Take particular care of your phone / device at bars, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and music venues – thieves have targeted these venues. Internet Usage • Don’t be lured into clicking on an unknown link to a web page – your phone / device could be infected with a virus. • • Avoid unsecured wi-fi networks, for example in a coffee shop or train station, especially if you need to enter personal details or passwords. • • QR (Quick Response) codes can be scanned by your smartphone or tablet to give you access to product information or promotions online. Don’t scan any that look like they have been tampered with or stuck on over the top of packaging code that can leave your phone open to security attacks. • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you. • Consider installing a tracker application, it could help trace your phone / device if stolen. If you are unsure which ‘app’ to install seek advice from the manufacturer. If your phone / device is stolen, act quickly – inform the Police and tell them you have a tracker app installed. Personal Data
- • Don’t keep personal information such as bank details, home address or other data on your phone / device that could be used by criminals to commit identity fraud.
- • Be careful when charging your phone /device on someone else’s computer or at a charge point. A lot of phones combine a data connection with the charger so you could end up having your data stolen without realising it.
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