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Review app permissions regularly

Protect your digital privacy by regularly reviewing and managing app permissions on your devices. This practice involves comprehensively scrutinizing each app’s access to your device’s features and data. Be discerning in granting permissions, providing access only to the resources apps genuinely require for their functionality. Regular reviews ensure that apps do not have unnecessary or […]

Set important apps and updates to install automatically to stay safe

Software updates are essential for keeping your devices and networks secure. They fix bugs and patch security vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit. Most apps on Android and iOS are set to update automatically by default. You can also schedule big installations, like OS updates, in advance. This is better and safer than having to apply […]

Utilize biometric authentication for sensitive apps

Biometric authentication is considered one of the most secure and convenient methods of user authentication for sensitive applications. This technology leverages fingerprint recognition, facial recognition, iris scanning, voice recognition and — in certain cases — behavioral biometrics to facilitate streamlined, secure access.  This approach eliminates the need for memorizing and managing complex passwords, making it […]

Configure your smartphone to automatically lock after a short period of inactivity

While there’s no one-size-fits-all for how long it should take for your phone to lock following inactivity, generally, the earlier, the better — though, not at the complete expense of convenience. Consider setting an automatic inactivity lock on your smartphone after approximately five minutes or fewer, depending on preference. This, in turn, will help improve […]

Periodically review the permissions granted to mobile apps

If you use Apple, you can access app permissions in the Settings app under “Privacy.” For Android, this can typically be found in the “Apps” or “Application Manager” section of the Settings app. Revoke unnecessary permissions for apps that don’t require them, limiting their access to your personal information. Notably, be particularly mindful of granting […]

Regularly review and update your list of authorized devices

Particularly concerning sensitive accounts, such as your email, online banking and cloud storage, regular reviews and the updating of authorized devices thereof act as a defense against potential security threats. If you identify a new device that you either don’t recognize or no longer use, remove it immediately and file a report if necessary. Here […]