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7 tips for secure use of smartphones

Your smartphone is getting more important than ever. Make sure you are keeping it safe:

  1. Always lock your phone with screen lock

This is the very least you need to do. There are many options available – face recognition, fingerprint, passcode, or pattern. Make sure it is enabled to avoid the person who pick up your lost phone can get access to the sensitive data inside.

  1. Turn on the remote tracking function

You can remotely disable your phone in case it is lost. The function is called ‘Find my iPhone” on iPhone, and ‘Find my Device’ on Android.

  1. Encrypt your data

If you have external storage media such as a microSD card in your phone, you could install some software to encrypt the content. This could protect your data from being accessed or copied with a simple card reader.

  1. Backup your data

There are many free cloud storage solutions available: Apple iCould, Google Drive, Dropbox etc. Get one and it could save you from many problems.

  1. Avoid suspicious wi-fi hotspots

Hackers could get access to data transmitting through wi-fi hotspots. Check your phone setting to avoid auto connection. Do not conduct sensitive activities, like online banking, on public wi-fi. If you are unsure about the hotspot ownership, disconnect ASAP.

  1. Check before downloading a new APP

Malware can be disguised as other apps to gain access to your phone. Be cautious when downloading an app, and be careful of the request to access different data or functions of your phone.

  1. Install antivirus

Many antivirus companies now offer product package providing protection for multiple devices including desktop, tablets and smartphones with year plan. It is always a good idea to install it before things get out of control.