Those with friends who like a practical joke have probably experienced what happens when they leave an internet-enabled phone signed into Facebook within easy reach (and many people do stay logged in to Facebook, Twitter, and email services more or less permanently). The result is usually a less than flattering status post and a good deal of embarrassment. It’s usually not serious and as long as your mates don’t step over the line, a bit of a laugh.
However, there is a very serious side to mobile broadband security. First of all, we all know these devices aren’t cheap. The last thing you want is for a brand new iPad 32GB to get stolen or become lost. If it’s a pay monthly iPad you could end up paying a stiff price for nothing and even if you own it outright, losing something like that is never fun.
It’s not just the value of the item itself either – it’s what it can be used to access. These days doing the banking through a mobile broadband device is pretty commonplace and most of us have an account with at least a handful of online retailers. We shop through Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers all the time. Our bank and credit card details are stored online along with sensitive personal information.
If you do lose a broadband device (or any computer for that matter), change your email, shopping, and social media passwords immediately and notify your bank too. If you have a mobile broadband deal with monthly bills make sure to let your provider know as soon as possible. They may be able to help you trace the device and at the very least they’ll be able to shut off the service immediately, so you won’t end up paying for a thief’s internet.