To prevent unauthorized access to your phone, set a password or Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your phone’s home screen as a first line of defense in case your phone is lost or stolen. When possible, use a different password for each of your important logins (email, banking, personal sites, etc.). You should configure your […]
You should backup all of the data stored on your phone – such as your contacts, documents, and photos. These files can be stored on your computer, on a removal storage card, or in the cloud. This will allow you to conveniently restore the information to your phone should it be lost, stolen, or otherwise […]
Before downloading an app, conduct research to ensure the app is legitimate. Checking the legitimacy of an app may include such thing as: checking reviews, confirming the legitimacy of the app store, and comparing the app sponsor’s official website with the app store link to confirm consistency. Many apps from untrusted sources contain malware that […]
Do not alter security settings for convenience. Tampering with your phone’s factory settings, jailbreaking, or rooting your phone undermines the built-in security features offered by your wireless service and smartphone, while making it more susceptible to an attack.
As a rule of thumb, you should never download apps that you’ve never heard of before. This is especially important when it comes to shopping apps, as they’ll eventually prompt you to provide your payment information. You can trust brands like Amazon and eBay, since they are well-known services that handle millions of transactions each […]
Since Apple’s iMessage application uses the internet to send your texts, it’s vulnerable to “man-in-the-middle” attacks. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the app, but when you need to have a private conversation with someone or send them sensitive information like your social security number, turn to a more secure messaging tool.
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