How to protect your smartphone and its data (pictures)
Whether you use iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, you have several options and apps for securing your smartphone. In this gallery, CNET shows the steps you should take.
Find My iPhone
From passcodes to tracking apps, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android each offer several ways to secure a device. Apple, however, is the only company to have a mobile app that syncs with its phone tracking feature. Once downloaded, you can use the Find My iPhone app to locate a phone that has been lost or stolen and take further action. Though in this example I'm using the app to track my own device, you can see how the simple interface is designed.
Remember that the default setting in iOS is for the Notification Center to be accessible from the lock screen. To change that, go to the Notification page of the Settings Menu and slide the toggle to off.
More security options are buried in the General page of the Settings Menu. Here you can change your passcode, select which features are accessible from the lock screen, and have your phone erase itself if someone enters the passcode incorrectly 10 times.