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Protecting your phone in public

Posted at 9:07 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 00:07:09-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Next time you're in public experts say do not type in your passcode to access your phone. Instead, use the fingerprint scanner.

Ken Colburn with Data Doctors says people watching over your shoulder can memorize your passcode and then steal your phone with full access to all your information.

"Any thief that gets your phone first thing they're going to do is look at your email so they can figure out which platforms you're active with," Colburn said.

This means if you stay logged into online banking apps or popular money transferring apps, like Venmo, they can automatically start draining your account.

Colburn says even if you aren't logged in thieves can press "forgot the password," change your password and then log in.

So, to prevent all of that from happening he also says to just not type your passcode in public.