October is National Crime Prevention month and I want to alert you about one program that’s focusing on a particularly important issue.  It’s the Fifth Annual Protect Your Identity Week being sponsored by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), the National Sheriffs Association and the National Association of Triads, Inc..  It’s the week of October 20 to the 27th and their focus is on the growing importance of protecting your identity when using mobile devices.

Gail Cunningham, the Vice President of Membership and Public Relations, NFCC, has a very informative article about this week.  Her article’s posted on the Consumer Federation of America’s identity theft information website (www.idtheftinfo.org; “Fifth Annual Protect Your Identity Week Campaign Targets Identity Theft Protection When Using Mobile Devices”).

In her article, Ms. Cunningham cites the Annual Complaint Report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  The FTC reports that, for the 12th year in a row, identity theft is the #1 issue about which the FTC received complaints.  She also notes that Javelin Research found in a recent study that smartphone users are 33% more likely to be victims of identity theft than non-smartphone users; Javelin also found that 62% of smartphone users do not use password protection.  Just another reminder about why I wrote a few weeks ago about how easily a new, stronger iPhone password can be set.

As described by Ms. Cunningham,  this year’s Protect Your Identity Week “…campaign will offer broad-based ID theft protection education in addition to focusing on the threats related to smartphones with the 2012 theme of “ID Theft Protection on the Go.”  Events will be held in communities throughout the country.  To locate the event in your community, or that is nearest to you, go to www:ProtectYour IDNow.org.

It’s important for all of us to learn more about protecting our identities when using mobile devices. The Protect Your Identity Week events are an excellent resource for doing so.