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The importance of having a lock screen on your device

If someone gets hold of your phone, tablet or computer, and there’s no lock screen, the thief suddenly has access to everything on your device. While some of your apps will require passwords and multifactor authentication, many apps, like your photos and notes, typically do not. Also, if you don’t log out of your social […]

What is device fingerprinting?

Device fingerprinting can track devices over time, based on your browser’s configurations and settings. Because each browser is unique, device fingerprinting can identify your device, without using cookies. Since device fingerprinting uses the characteristics of your browser configuration to track you, deleting cookies won’t help. Device fingerprinting technologies are evolving and can be used to […]

Reset mobile device to factory settings before giving it away

Are you thinking about recycling, trading or handing down your mobile device? After first backing up your data, be sure you do a factory reset, so that the new recipient won’t be able to see anything private personal information you left behind.

Shorten your device’s automatic lock setting

You should never leave your device unlocked when you walk away from it. However, we all make mistakes. You can alter the amount of time it takes for your device to lock on its own to add an extra layer of protection. Shorten the timer to as short as you are comfortable — less than […]

Wipe data on your old mobile device before you donate, resell, or recycle it

Your smartphone contains personal data you want to keep private when you dispose your old phone. To protect your privacy, completely erase data off of your phone and reset the phone to its initial factory settings. Then, donate, resell, recycle, or otherwise properly dispose of your phone.

Be cautious when public charging mobile devices

Avoid connecting your smartphone to any computer or charging station that you do not control, such as a charging station at an airport terminal or a shared computer at a library. Connecting a mobile device to a computer using a USB cable can allow software running on that computer to interact with the phone in […]