NQ Mobile’s news release yesterday was a real eye-opener.

We thought it was pretty interesting that almost weekly, some distraught celebrity gets private photos leaked into the media for all to see. Whether or not those leaks are publicity stunts, they remind us that we can be hacked and our most private content can be exposed. So, we conducted a consumer study and found out that 87 percent of us have content on our smartphones that we consider private, personal and confidential.

It’s a little surprising to learn that, while only 53% of us use a passcode to lock our phones, a majority of smartphone users admit to storing photos, contacts, office documents, flirtations and downloaded media that they consider private and confidential. It’s hard to say whether those celebrity photos are being hacked, or simply stolen from unlocked, unsecured phones.

In any case, our Chief Experience Officer, Conrad Edwards, offers some tips for keeping our private stuff private, and making our smartphones a safe haven for our most important content. Here are some ways to keep intruders out of your smartphone business:

  1. Lock it up. Using the auto-lock capabilities of your device is one of the simplest steps you can take to protect yourself. Take it one step further by setting a short timer.
  2. Share Wisely. be careful about what information you share with which social connections. Additionally, remember that once something is posted, it’s almost impossible to take it back.
  3. Do your Research. Before downloading apps, read online reviews. Don’t click “Accept” before verifying the app is safe and secure.
  4. Arm your Device. Keep your device’s updates current and install reputable security software, to protect against malicious intrusions.

We all want to keep our personal information private and secure.  Visit us at www.nq.com and explore our award-winning tools to “protect yourself from intrusions, attacks and snoops.”

Don’t tell us about your private data, but share your stories about how it’s been compromised, or about the extra steps you’ve taken to protect it.  We want to hear from you.  Talk to us on our blog or on Facebook.

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