Tips to protect your privacy

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- When it comes to preserving your privacy, start with your cell phone.

Your lost phone in the hands of a stranger can spell big trouble.

If you lost your phone and someone has access to it, what kind of information do you think they could steal?

What kind of personal stuff on your phone would you hate for a stranger to find?

According to, to keep prying eyes out of your personal information, simply create a password to get inside your phone.   

Without punching in that password, not one call can be made, text messages can't be read, and information can't be accessed.

This is also a good idea for other gadgets like tablets and computers.

Speaking of computers, clear your browser history and cookies on a regular basis. This will help retailers and other nosy intruders from seeing where you're navigating.

If you use Facebook, change your settings to "friend's only." Just go to settings and make sure "default privacy" is selected.

If it's not, complete strangers can view your page and you don't want that.

And always sign out of your Facebook page or Twitter account if you step away.

This is also true for email.  Leaving it open allows people to do a lot of snooping.