3 ways to protect yourself from ‘shoulder surfers’ (phone thieves who also steal your PIN)

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“Shoulder surfing” is on the rise in major cities. Follow these steps to make sure your phone—not to mention your entire digital life—is protected.

Last month The Wall Street Journal reported on a recent trend in phone theft: Thieves in major cities are no longer simply snatching pricy smartphones—they want the users’ PINs, too. The reason? A stolen phone may fetch a nice payment on the black market, but the financial data locked behind your phone’s PIN can net tens of thousands of dollars more.

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