Get Smart With Your Smartphone

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Get Smart:
Some Smart Ways to Protect Your Smartphone

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Smartphones contain a staggering amount of personal data, from family photos to emails and bank accounts. In addition to personal information the devices retail for hundreds of dollars, creating a lucrative black market for stolen phones and parts. These tips are designed to help you secure your smartphone and protect your personal information.

  • APPLE PICKING – Thieves target users who casually leave their phones lying around on tables in cafes and restaurants. Keep close track of your phone.
  • FILE A REPORT – If your phone is stolen, file a report with the police and immediately contact your telephone carrier. Keep those numbers handy.
  • AUTO-LOCK WHEN NOT IN USE
  • USE AND UPDATE STRONG PASSWORDS
  • DO NOT USE FREE WI-FI HOTSPOTS – Configure your phone to only join networks you approve. Scammers set up free wireless networks in public places to lure you in and steal your data.
  • KEEP YOUR DEVICE’S SOFTWARE UPDATE
  • USE ANTI-THEFT APPS to deactivate a stolen phone.
  • USE ENCRYPTION TO PROTECT SENSITIVE DATA. It’s best to not use smartphones for connecting to your financial institutions.
  • USE ONLY THOROUGHLY REVIEWED AND TESTED APPS

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