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Use PINs and strong passwords on your mobile device

This is your first line of defense in the event of loss or theft. Set your phone to automatically lock after being idle and use a password manager to store all passwords. With just one master password, a computer can generate and retrieve all your other account passwords.

Protect your eyes from excessive screen time

Spending a lot of time at the desk or staring at a mobile device can lead to eyestrain. Try to situate your workstation in a place that allows you to take breaks where you can look far away while also being protected from excessive glare. Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out. That’s “Ctrl” […]

Don’t store sensitive data in the Notes app

Do you keep credit card numbers or log-in credentials in the Notes app on your iPhone? If so, you’re at risk of having your identity stolen by someone else who has access to your phone. Use iCloud Keychain instead.

Accept updates and patches to your smartphone’s software

You should keep your phone’s operating system software up to date by enabling automatic updates or accepting updates when prompted from your service provider, operating system provider, device manufacturer, or application provider. By keeping your operating system current, you reduce the risk of exposure to cyber threats.

Keep tabs on your apps

Many connected appliances, toys, and devices are supported by a mobile application. Your mobile device could be filled with apps running in the background or using default permissions you never realized you approved—gathering your personal information without your knowledge while also putting your identity and privacy at risk. Check your app permissions and learn to […]

Wipe your phone clean before getting rid of it

If you plan on selling your phone or giving it to a friend, make sure you delete everything that’s on it first. Take a minute to think about which files you want to hold on to. These could be pictures, messages, phone numbers, notes, etc. Back all of that data up into the cloud or […]