WEB & TECH / JAN. 19, 2015
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How to Keep Your Smartphone Secure

Smartphones are one of the most important gadgets today. They can be effectively paired to other devices to share information. A Smartphone can be used to conduct mobile payments while purchasing items especially online. As such, you should secure the operations of your phone to prevent any sensitive data loss or identity theft. Hackers have developed many ingenious ways that can fool you into revealing your information. Several precautions can help you secure your Smartphone:

Don’t Lose Your Smartphone!

This measure is the most efficient step that you can take to prevent loss of information. Unfortunately, misfortunes happen now and then but being informed about your phone’s location can save you stress caused by losing it. Losing a Smartphone can trigger a lot of stress than losing a wallet. If a phone is left unattended at a public place, chances are that you will lose it and even lose your identity. To avoid this, you can install various security Apps that can remotely locate your Smartphone.

Don’t Use Suspicious Apps and Links

With the increasing cases of hacking, Smartphones have become one of the prime targets for hackers. Their interconnecting to various services builds your profile, and when accessed by hackers, you risk losing very vital personal information. You are, therefore, advised to always verify your applications before installing especially on the Google’s Android platform. You shouldn’t give information to sites that ask for a suspicious feedback because it can be used to access your other online accounts. Remember that once your phone is hacked, you immediately lose vital data across all platforms linked to it.

Turn off Nonessential Connectivity Settings When Not in Use

Hackers can gain access to your Smartphone when it automatically connects to a public Wi-Fi or has either the Bluetooth or location settings on. Location settings can also aid suspicious Apps to give your information without your discretion. The Bluetooth also constantly gives the signature of the presence of your Smartphone and hackers can gain access through it. After using such connectivity services, it is essential that you immediately turn them off after the completion of your task.

Set Screen Security

Setting screen security on your Smartphone is one of the best ways to secure your phone. Some of the Smartphones like the iPhone have this service backed up by cloud platforms. It ensures that even if your Smartphone is lost no one will access it but it will be rendered useless. This feature also ensures that only you can access vital data in your phone keeping prying eyes away.

Smartphones have evolved to become like a companion to your day-to-day activities. Since they are used in different forms and for various purposes, it is advisable that you take the above precautions to ensure that your information and identity are secure. Other important measures include backing up your data to ensure that you can retrieve your information in case of any disaster and installing relevant Security Apps. Remember that with the advent of technology and interconnectivity, it only takes one simple lapse, and you lose valuable data. 

Take these precautions into consideration to keep your smartphone secure from potential risks.

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