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4 Easy Ways to Safeguard your Smartphone

Have you ever thought about how much of your personal information is stored on your smartphone? Living in the Digital Age comes with conveniences, like communicating with friends a world away, or having your bank in the palm of your hand. Although these developments have helped to improve daily life, they also can leave you open to threats.

There are steps you can take to ensure that accessing your private information is more difficult for those with ill-intentions. Below are four simple precautions you can take to make certain that your information will be safe from future threats.

1. Install or Enable the “Find My iPhone” App

The “Find My iPhone” application was created with the intent of tracking your device. In the case that your phone is ever stolen or becomes lost, you can access the app and monitor the location of your specific phone until you are able to recover it.

A quick glance through the app store will show you that there are a variety of “Find My Device” apps or program features available for you to download. Although it may seem like just a precaution, it is an important one — if your phone is ever stolen, you will be able to quickly and safely recover it. Finding your device ensures that the thief will not be able to access any of the personal information you could have stored on the device.

2. Disable Auto-Login Features

In the event that your phone is stolen, nearly all of your information could be accessed if you have set up “Auto-Login” for sites or apps that you visit frequently. While these features may be convenient, as they “remember” your passwords for you, they can also allow a thief to easily sign into these profiles as “you,” in the event that your phone is compromised.

Disable or opt-out of auto-login, especially on certain higher-risk profiles like your banking app. Although it may be a hassle to log into these accounts each and every time you use them, you could be doing yourself a big favor.

3. Install Anti-Virus Programs

It’s always a good idea to install an anti-virus program or app on your phone if it does not come with one already. Even if your phone came with a security program, try to make sure that it is up-to-date. This can be done by reviewing your settings and installing any necessary updates to the phone’s software. These programs will help safeguard your personal information, and detect any possible threats.

4. Choose Difficult Passwords

Some of the most common hacks occur when cybercriminals are simply able to guess the passwords of others. This can happen if passwords are easy to guess, or contain information that is not necessarily “personal.” Make sure your passwords do not contain easily-accessible information.

Some sites and social media profiles prompt you to select verification questions and answers in case you forget your password or become locked out of your account. Make sure that the answers to these security questions are not well-known information. For example, do not select questions that ask your mother’s maiden name or how many pets you have, as these answers can be found simply by browsing your public social media profiles or accounts.

 

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