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Stop auto connecting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Many mobile devices will automatically seek and connect to available wireless networks. Also, Bluetooth enables your device to connect wirelessly with other devices, such as headphones or automobile infotainment systems. Deactivate these features so that you only join to wireless and Bluetooth networks when you want to connect.

Turn off your smartwatch’s “always on” display

Smartwatches give you the option to always keep the display on to simulate a real watch. Opt to have the display turn off when you aren’t looking at it. This can keep wandering eyes from seeing your notifications and messages on your wrist while out in public. If this option is unavailable, you can disconnect […]

Disable automatic Bluetooth connectivity on your iPhone

Similar to automatic Wi-Fi connectivity, your iPhone searches for nearby available Bluetooth connections. Assailants can use a Bluetooth connection as a potential entry point to hack into your device and steal your personal information. To turn off automatic Bluetooth activity on iOS: Go to “Settings.” Go to “Bluetooth.” Turn Bluetooth off. A safer way to […]

Limit sensitive activities on public Wi-Fi networks

Public Wi-Fi networks at places such as airports and coffee shops present an opportunity for attackers to intercept sensitive information. When using a public or unsecured wireless connection, avoid using apps and websites that require personal information, e.g., a username and password. Additionally, turn off the Bluetooth setting on your devices when not in use.

Bluetooth security best practice: Use hidden mode

Enjoying wireless connectivity is all about balancing convenience with security. Bluetooth devices, such as wireless headsets, speakers and microphones, make it easy to seamlessly take hands-free calls while driving or to move around freely while listening to your favorite music, among other use cases. Using these devices does represent a security trade-off, though. Open Bluetooth […]

Adjust your Android settings to reduce the possibility of overheating

Cellphone overheating is a real risk that can dramatically impact the functionality of your device. To avoid this issue, turn off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections if you’re not actively using them. Then, turn down your brightness, and exit any minimized programs running in the background. For help with this last part, you may have […]